The timing of the decision was amazing -- in addition to exigent circumstances, she happened to be at our office when we received the call from the asylum office. I can't even begin to describe what a wonderful feeling it was to see our client's reaction and share that joy with her in person. So that I could look back at that moment and remember how I felt, I went back to my office and wrote down the first things that popped in my head: overjoyed, elated, thrilled, relieved, jumping for joy, ecstatic, thankful, grateful.
I wish I could share more details about my client and her story because she is truly an inspiration. My life has been enriched having gotten to know and help her. It was totally worth going to law school just to be able to help her.
And my sweet mom brought me a super delicious red velvet cupcake from the newly-opened Sprinkles to congratulate me. (yum!)