Happy New Year to all! We welcome 2015, and all it has to offer.
2014 had its ups and downs, but without any of you, 2014 would not have been anything at all. We advised and served clients from all over the world, and I mean, China and Hong Kong (of course), India, Canada, Taiwan, Iran, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Fiji, Pakistan, Tonga, the Philippines, Liberia, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, England, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore, Vietnam, just to “name a few.” We helped U.S. companies hire otherwise hard to find qualified workers (including engineers, chemists, table tennis competitors and coaches) with temporary work visas (such as H-1Bs, L-1s TNs, E-2s, H-3s, Os, Ps) and employment-based immigration. We kept families together through family-based immigration and assisted high net worth individuals make large investments in the United States while creating new jobs for U.S. workers. Indeed, it has been an amazing journey meeting new clients and servicing existing clients.
In every aspect of my practice this year, I have been challenged, and I have learned so much about not only the practice of law, but being a lawyer, a legal advisor. Out of the past 365 days of this year, I can clearly identify the most amazing 1 week, which was when I spent it in desolate Artesia, New Mexico, which many of you have heard so much about from me this past 1.5 months. This experience deeply affected my view of the law, and access to it, and how I want to practice immigration law. It taught me the value of pro bono work, and how much it benefits not just the recipient(s) of the work, but the person (me) providing this service. It reminded me of how I used to naturally spend my free time volunteering in the community, and made me sad that in the last 15 years, I busied myself so much so I’ve forgotten the pleasure of service.
I have all of you to thank for what I can only say was a great 2014.
Here’s to 2015; may we welcome all challenges, and allow ourselves to be changed for the better. I’m not sure if Ghandi really said this — “be the change you want to see in the world” — but it sounds like a plan!
Happy New Year, everyone!