Society has shaped us to think that for a lawyer to be taken seriously, you have to follow a specific dress code. Dressing in black and white has been normalized in the legal world and is associated with high-end professionalism. Dressing in other colors makes the lawyers appear not so serious with their profession, causing potential clients to shun them. Women who love dressing in feminine colors in the legal profession receive comments that insinuate they don’t look like professional lawyers. But, it takes a bold move to dress differently in this profession, and Attorney Kathleen Martinez has taken this brave move to embrace femininity and color in the legal field.
Immigration attorney Kathleen graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. At the beginning of her career, she worked for male attorneys, and the dress code was a symbol of the profession; she had to wear all-black work outfits to fit in the work culture. According to her employers, dressing conservatively would make people take them seriously. However, Kathleen wore too much pink and had no place in a male-dominated career. Her boss fired her for not fitting in with the alleged firm culture.
Kathleen then set out to begin her law firm with a pink brand where femininity would be embraced. Initially, she was nervous but motivated by the fact that she could help as many people as she wanted. Her inspiration was to create a firm that would embrace individuality. Kathleen hired mothers, students, immigrants, and people who had a hard time being accepted in their workplace. She says she chose pink because it embodies femininity. Everything in the firm is pink, from her employees to the law firm’s website. The law firm has 30 employees, and they have also managed to get their own TV shows.
Kathleen takes pride in the fact that they have not lost a single case in pink. “We embrace our femininity, and it hasn’t prevented us from success,” Kathleen says. Wearing pink suits has made some attorneys think she is a bimbo and underestimate her. However, she has not let this affect her career. Her law firm stands out from other immigration firms because their clients remember them for their pink brand, billboards, and advertisements. Additionally, she has gotten many female clients as they resonate with gender inequality and discrimination.
A social media sensation, Kathleen has been inspiring millions of women across her social media platforms with her hilarious and empowering videos. She has gained huge support from her fans on Instagram and counting.
Kathleen believes you can overcome any negativity that may come along your way as you pursue your dreams and become successful. Growing up, she suffered from learning disorders that her teachers failed to accommodate, and they didn’t think she would reach college. Fortunately for Kathleen, this wasn’t the case as she is now one of the renowned immigrant female lawyers in Texas making a difference. “Now my law firm is receiving national recognition for employing people who have also been discriminated against,” Kathleen wrote on her TikTok account.
Kathleen’s passion for the immigration legal world is unmatched. Her law firms operate in all 50 states, and she aspires to reunite more families across the country and help immigrants achieve their dreams. Additionally, she wants to be a different lawyer and change the industry’s dress code discussion.
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