It's important, as a lawyer, to recognize the power we have to affect change merely because we are lawyers and possess a law license. A law license is a powerful tool that must be used judiciously and for the good of our community.
In 2017, I had the pleasure and good fortune to be a part of a group of lawyers who descended upon the Portland International Airport to help immigrants, international visitors, and refugees. The experience was eye-opening and compelling. The need for legal advocates was so great that a couple of criminal defense lawyers, with no experience in immigration law, found ourselves toe-to-toe with Customs and Border Protection. It also meant numerous visits and phone calls with local and federal elected officials and news outlets. Read more about our experience in this article I wrote for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Newsletter.