Margaret Wong's Holiday Greeting
Dear family, friends and colleagues, Happy Healthy Holidays! My husband, Kam, continues to fight for his life with stage-four lung cancer. I continue to be awed and inspired by his strength and optimism, wit and humor. I keep thinking of my parallel-track analysis that I mentioned in my holiday letter last year. The similarities between cancer care and deportation clients’ service are startling. Just as Kam dreads his visits to the doctor’s office, our clients fear visits to the immigration offices of Enforcement and Removal Operations. Bad news of cancer spreading is not dissimilar to the heartbreaking news of loved ones being detained and jailed. Any good news, however minute, produces exhilaration beyond words, for both patients and clients. My colleagues and I continue our weekly travels to our offices in different cities to help clients obtain their residency status and regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives. I repeatedly tell my clients, as the doctors have told Kam, miracles do happen, so do not lose faith.
Our office won an en banc case, Cece v. Holder (Aug. 9, 2013), at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. U.S. News and World Report gave us the highest rating of Tier 1 Best Law Firm ranking for 2013-2014. My two NY live radio talk-shows remain popular, on trend and relevant. I continue to teach an immigration course in Case Western University Law School and enjoy watching young people getting ready to tackle the challenges of life after Law School. My law school alma mater, University at Buffalo Law School, gave me the highest alumni award this year, the Jaeckle Award. I was inspired by many of my classmates who attended the ceremony with their successes in so many different areas of law.
There are many new developments for all the children in my big family. Steven, my oldest, started a new position, and Allison, my daughter, is a newly minted member at our law firm. Cecilia’s three children: Francis just finished running his first half-marathon; Joseph got engaged in Korea and is here visiting, after intensive courses in Korean and Chinese; Stephanie continues her practice in combining dance, yoga and holistic care. In October, our whole family, including my mom, had the pleasure of watching her amazing dance performance in New York City. Rose’s children: Theresa continues to excel with her full scholarship at her MBA program; and Catherine will soon complete her PhD program in Psychology in Chicago. George’s children: Jacqueline studied overseas this summer at Fudan Univ., where my 94-year-old mother graduated in 1944; Vincent achieved status as a National Merit semifinalist, and is eagerly preparing college applications.
Wishing you all a magical holiday season. Margaret Wong