I believe that the legal profession is, first and foremost, a service profession, and that, as attorneys, serving our clients should always be our primary objective. I also believe that we have a general duty to improve the system of justice in our country even as we help our clients through it. The United States leaves much to be desired in the way that our nation treats immigrants and asylum-seekers. I am a firm believer that attorneys who practice in this complex and nuanced area of law should aspire toward a system in which every meritorious case wins every time, and should do what we can to try to make that aspirational goal a reality.
I distinctly remember what it was like doing direct representation in private practice, where a never-ending barrage of voice mails, conference calls, client meetings, and court hearings made it overwhelmingly difficult to find time to research and draft the kinds of complex and nuanced legal arguments that many cases depend on for success. While in private practice representing clients and while managing the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, I constantly struggled to find that time.
Now that I have it, I’d like to share it with you. I also believe in the power of collaborative writing, and am happy to take your ideas and suggestions and help draft them into the kind of documents that will be most useful to you and your clients.