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Am I a Dumb Lawyer?

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Am I a dumb lawyer. Hi, I’m Jim hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, San Diego, and Washington DC. You know, yesterday I had the highs and the lows of being an immigration lawyer. I’ll tell you about the lows first.

So we lost not one but two motions to dismiss on our lawsuits. So we’ve had a lot of lawsuits filed. We’re getting close to 950 and yesterday we lost two of them. In one of them, we were challenging the denial of an I-601 waiver. The federal court concluded that it did not have jurisdiction to review the decision by the USCIS denying our client’s I-601 waiver and the other was one of our DC fiancee cases. The judges up in DC have been dismissing fiancee delay cases, and yesterday they dismissed … I think it’s the first one of ours to be dismissed. Might be the second. I think we had two this week. So, you know, that’s not fun having to tell the client and having to hop on the phone to talk to the client about the denial of their motions or of their applications, the dismissal of their lawsuits, I should say.

At the same time, I got to call a client who he and his family had been waiting a really long time for green cards, employment based green cards, and when I called him to tell him the news, he was shocked. He had received, after we filed the lawsuit, a pretty onerous request for evidence and the case looked like it was headed for a denial. But the U.S. Attorney notified us yesterday that the applications for every family member had been approved and this guy was off the wall. He was screaming in his head off. He was so excited. He was clapping. He was jumping up and down. He was yelling his head off. He couldn’t believe it. He said he wanted the whole family to call me today so that they could thank us.

And so all within an hour, I got to experience all those emotions. As they used to say on the ABC Wide World of Sports, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. And so that’s sort of the life of an immigration lawyer, but I wanted to make this video to ask the question. Does the reason … Does the fact that I lost those two motions mean that I’m a dumb lawyer, that I’m a bad lawyer, or does the fact that we won the case mean we’re a brilliant lawyer?

No, it doesn’t mean either of those things. You know, I used to coach a baseball for my sons and not softball for my daughter. I wish I could coach softball for my daughter, but I coached baseball. And, you know, a lot of it depended on who my players were whether we won or lost. And it also depended on the makeup of the other team. And I bring that up and I think about that on those dark days when I do lose a case, and what I want to say is that I take the same approaching every single case. I litigate it fully. I push it to the brink. I educate my clients. I let them make the decisions as to whether or not they want to move ahead and of course we never guarantee any outcome, and just because we lose doesn’t mean I’m a dummy, and just because we win doesn’t mean I’m brilliant. It’s just part of the game when you’re carrying the case volume that we have and you have so many cases that you have moving, sometimes you’re going to win. Sometimes you’re going to lose. If you win every single case, it probably means that you’re playing it too safe.

And so we make educated decisions. We give our best advice. We let the clients make the decision. And then we fight like hell because that’s what we do at The Hacking Law Practice. We fight for immigrants every day. So I’m certainly sad that we lost those cases. I’m certainly disappointed and I’ll be having conversations that aren’t so much fun with those clients to talk them through their next options but I just wanted to let you all know that just because we lose a case or just because we win a case, doesn’t mean that we do or don’t know what we’re doing. We’re the same lawyers. We do the same job on the cases we win and the ones we lose. And in fact, when a case looks like it’s headed for a denial, we probably fight even a little bit harder.

So if you have a case, a tough case, we’d be interested in talking to you about it. Happy to talk to you about it. Give us a call. 314-961-8200. You can email us at info@hackinglawpractice.com. Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. If you like this video, we ask that you please share that on social and that you subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you get updates whenever we make videos just like this one, and don’t forget on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can find us in our Facebook group, Immigrant Home, and on our YouTube channel answering as many of your immigration law related questions at noon central. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.

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