Dorian Rico is a receptionist at Southam Law LLC. Dorian came from Mexico to the Chicago area with her parents in the 1990s. Dorian is a DREAMer who has DACA status. Dorian is currently a college student, with a focus in paralegal studies. Dorian is a bilingual speaker of English and Spanish.
Jesus Faria is a paralegal at Southam Law LLC. Jesus is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. He fled the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela in 2017. Having to leave his home and family in Venezuela was a hard choice, but Jesus was able to get an F-1 student visa to study in the US. Since then, he has applied for asylum and was recently granted temporary protected status (TPS). Jesus knows how hard it is to be an immigrant in a foreign country. His personal experiences have given him empathy to understand and help clients. Jesus earned a law degree from Universidad del Zulia and worked as an attorney in Venezuela before coming to the United States. He hopes to take the LSAT and apply for law school in the United States. In his free time, Jesus likes reading all kinds of books especially mystery, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Jesus is a big fan of Harry Potter.
Keith Southam is the founder and principal attorney of Southam Law LLC. Keith founded Southam Law with the dual goals of helping clients understand their cases and of keeping costs down. Keith knows how important these things are. Keith’s grandparents were immigrants, and he was raised by a single mother. This taught Keith compassion for the struggles of immigrants, people who do not speak English well, and working families. Keith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and German Literature from the University of Idaho, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, and Juris Doctor degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to law school, Keith worked for several years as an international student advisor and an ESL teacher. In law school, Keith focused on immigration law, including a student research project on asylum, an internship at the Chicago Immigration Court, and a job as a law clerk for an immigration attorney. Before opening Southam Law, Keith worked for five years as an associate attorney in a small immigration firm in Chicago. Keith has also lived outside of the US (in Germany, where his grandparents came from). In addition to English, Keith speaks Spanish, German, French, and Swedish.
Maritza Jaimes is an associate attorney at Southam Law LLC. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents and a first-generation college student. From a very young age, Maritza was a translator and advocate for her own parents and family members. She quickly learned that the Latinx community has limited access to the legal community due to a lack of financial resources, language barriers, and the underrepresentation of Latinos. She became passionate about immigrants’ human rights and has focused her career on criminal justice and immigration work. Maritza earned Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Juris Doctor from UIC John Marshall Law School. In law school, Maritza focused on criminal and immigration law, including drafting legal policy for the Illinois Department of Corrections, and worked at the International Human Rights Clinic where she focused on asylum. Maritza joined the firm in March 2021 because her values of providing legal assistance to a diverse group of immigrants and marginalized communities directly aligned with the mission at Southam Law LLC.