The benefits of a national conference.
July 1, 2013
I just returned from San Francisco and the 2013 AILA ( American Immigration Lawyers Association) National Conference. It took me 19 hours to get there and 13 hours to get back. It cost an awful lot of money for quite a short period of time. But the meeting had benefits for me and the other lawyers that far outweigh the price we paid to attend.
It can feel lonely out here as an immigration lawyer. People in my office are always talking about getting ripped off or abused by someone pretending to be a lawyer, or someone actually being a lawyer. It gets me sometimes to thinking that me and a few of my Tampa friends may be the only honest people out here.
This theory was destroyed as usual at the national conference. I got to meet people who give their lives in devotion to their clients, without even requesting the benefit of payment. Wow. I got to meet people who live like I do, for poking the bully in the eye. I love natural born bully fighters! Seriously I heard there were some real crazy lawyers at the conference, but I did not see anything.
I was re-motivated and reinvigorated for the practice of law by meeting so many inspiring and inspired colleagues. I look forward to continuing to try to find relief for every client I meet.