She helped her parents translate legal documents from the time she could read. Now, leading her own law firm, she continues helping immigrants—as well as other young Latina lawyers.
“Whatever document would come in from school or from a hospital or from the Department of Children and Families, because we were a low-income family and we were receiving aid, I had to read all of them for my parents. I had to navigate that system with them,” remembers Marlene Markowitz of growing up as a first-generation immimgrant. “Anything legal, basically, I’ve had my hands in since I was six years old, since I could read.” And she loved reading—even the encyclopedia. “I had the one sample encyclopedia that I would sit down and read as a little six-year-old because I didn’t have my own full set of encyclopedias,” she says. “So that’s where that passion for interpreting things and reading things came from. That’s what led me down this path. I always knew that it was something I was passionate about.”
She took her time before launching her own practice, working for others over a period of six years. “I am very, very happy that I felt confident enough to do it. If I could go back, I may have told my younger self, ‘Hey, go out and do it sooner.’ But I felt the time was right for me. I had learned a lot from my previous bosses on how to run a business. I had worked with two very successful law practices that were all exclusive to immigration. I had gotten the chance to travel around the world and around the United States, representing immigrants in different courtrooms, in different USCIS offices.”
Now she uses all that experience not just for her clients but for other young women seeking advice. “Just today I had another immigration attorney come visit me at my office who was starting out her law firm. And instead of thinking, ‘Oh, look at this competitor,’ I had her come in, I showed her how I work, I showed her my process, I gave her tips. I feel like my inspiration is seeing other women succeed.” She advocates for that attitude of sharing and giving throughout communities of color. “We need to step up for ourselves and for each other in order to succeed. That’s why I do that. I love volunteering at different organizations where I give free legal consultations so that I can give back, because I know what it’s like to not be able to afford an attorney.”
You can read much more about Marlene Markowitz’s own story in the inspiring new book Latinas Who Boss Up. “These boss ladies are truly inspiring, sharing their breakthroughs and triumphs for all of us to experience,” says author, educator, and podcaster Tam Luc. “Latinas Who Boss Up taught me more about a mix of cultures that I never stopped to examine. While our origin stories vary, we all experience life in full color and must navigate our circumstances. These beautiful women represent the world of Latina Supermamas and I am so happy to introduce them to you.”
Find Marlene at her website, markowitzpa.com, or on Instagram, where she is @AbogadaMarlene and @MarkowitzImmigration. She’s also rapidly expanding her followers on Tik Tok, where she is AbogadaMarlene. You can also learn more about her at https://bossupbestseller.com/MarleneMarkowitz, where you will find a link to Latinas Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic.
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