Early experience: High school work at law firm shaped view of the law


Law student Badri Yono started working a a law firm in his high school years, and is interested in a career in immigration law.


Photo courtesy of Badri Yono

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Working during high school at George P. Mann & Associates in Farmington Hills gave Badri Yono Jr. his first exposure to the legal world.

“Immigration law is very intricate—it touches all types of practices, such as family and criminal law,” he says. “When I first took the job at GPM, the tasks were limited as I wasn’t too experienced. My position was compiling legal documents and reports. Looking back, they were small tasks, as I now see they tested my potential.” 

Offered a part-time position in his senior year, his job capacity immediately increased. Tasked with obtaining information from other organizations and agencies and filing correspondence, he also assisted attorneys with preparation for trials and hearings. 

The work experience shaped Yono’s view of the law and started him along a path to a law career. 

Now in his 1L year at Detroit Mercy Law School, he finds it to be a good fit for its supportive and smaller environment. Yono who earned his undergrad degree in political science and government from Oakland University, notes his journey along a path into law was an exceptional one. 

“From a young age, I was taught to serve—it gave me a sense of belonging and joy to serve my community by developing a deep bond with them. I enjoy studying law because it evolves. Law requires analysis and understanding of every issue by looking at situations from many views. Striving to help those around you with the skillset and knowledge we learn in law school.”

Currently clerking for the Cronin Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills, Yono collects, examines, and drafts legal correspondence and documents, and researches regulations, laws, and legal articles to prepare reports. 

“This experience shows my progress through time, being the best version of myself—progress from the person I was yesterday and the one I will be tomorrow,” he says. “I’ll be able to take the skillsets I learn in law school to hone my understanding and better serve society. All these experiences have built me into the person I am today.”

He also wrote a blog for Cronin that provided the opportunity to research topics that would attract reader attention. 

“For example, if I were writing about handling employment discrimination, instead, I would write about work productivity, how to get a promotion, and resolving conflicts with coworkers. The goal was to attract a readership of potential clients before they even needed a lawyer.”

He also worked as a manager at Magnuson Hotels, providing daily revenue management support.  

“I really enjoyed the work I was doing, especially in the hospitality industry,” he says. “All while analyzing and optimizing revenues from all available sources helps fill hotel rooms with the right guests, from the right booking channels, at the right rates.”

His career goal is to give back to the people and communities that have helped him on his journey. 

“My family was built by small businesses, and because of that, I learned how important they are,” he says. “I’ll help safeguard small businesses as that’s the backbone of what America was built on..”

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