Bilingual law student to offer a voice for disenfranchised


By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Law student Brooke Nosanchuk finds her fluency in Spanish a huge benefit in her work for an immigration law firm.

She earned her undergrad degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Kalamazoo College, where her studies included 6 months in Quito, Ecuador, living with a host family that predominately spoke Spanish.

“Because of my experience living and traveling in South America, I gained a skill that will benefit me for my lifetime—the ability to speak Spanish,” she says.

Her minor in psychology has also provided valuable experience. 

“Learning how the mind functions has always been interesting to me,” she says. “Knowing law school was in my future, I anticipated psychology would be quite beneficial because reassuring and counseling clients are skills that turn a good lawyer into a great lawyer.”

Nosanchuk set her sights on a law career from childhood.

“I want to be a voice for those who are unable to advocate for themselves,” she says.

She particularly appreciates the sense of community at Detroit Mercy Law.

“Although competition is inevitable in law school, I feel my peers are ultimately supportive and want to see each other succeed,” she says.

She is looking forward to serving on the board of advocates for Moot Court in her upcoming 2L year, and also to being a junior member of Law Review. 

“Given my love for writing, I am excited to explore various topics which will ultimately guide me to a subject for my note,” she says.

Focusing on her studies during the pandemic is definitely a challenge; she finds sticking to a routine helps, with a study area in her home where she is able to concentrate and be productive. 

Currently clerking at the law offices of Dhade and Associates in West Bloomfield, which handles both U.S. and Canadian immigration, she is working onsite, rather than remotely, while maintaining social distancing from colleagues.

“It is quite interesting to learn about both legal systems. I primarily focus on Criminal Rehabilitations and Temporary Resident Permits on the Canadian side, and I also work on U.S. Asylum cases and Spousal Adjustment of Status cases,” she says. “On a typical day, I am speaking with clients to discuss their case or assisting our clients with completing applications.”

Nosanchuk is also interested in pursuing a legal experience in medical malpractice.

A lifelong resident of West Bloomfield, where she lives with her family, Nosanchuk enjoys traveling, hiking, and learning about new cultures. She is also getting better acquainted with all the Motor City has to offer.

“Growing up in metro Detroit, I didn’t carve out much time for exploring the city,” she says. “Attending Detroit Mercy Law has given me ample opportunities to get to know Detroit.”


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