This space is usually reserved for news updates, analysis, and other immigration-related reflections. But, this week, we are remembering our esteemed and beloved colleague James "Jim" Flynn, who died suddenly on Tuesday at 68 years old. A lifelong runner, skier, and ski patrol member, and an avid car enthusiast, Jim was one of the kindest, gentlest, most compassionate people we've ever known. He spent his entire legal career trying to tip the scales of justice back in favor of the people who needed it most. During his time working with us, Jim focused mostly on representing the abused spouses of U.S. citizens who needed help navigating the immigration system on their own. In Jim, clients always found a caring, quietly zealous advocate, who not only became familiar with their legal cases, but would also get to know their families. Jim would regularly be invited to his clients' homes, churches, and life events. Simply stated, he was the best type of lawyer. We miss him terribly, and hope to live up to his values and continue his good work as our way of honoring his professional legacy.
Here is his obituary, printed today in the Portsmouth Herald. Viewing hours will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday January 17, 2016 Farrell Funeral Home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We will be making a donation in Jim's name to New Hampshire Catholic Charities, and encourage anyone so inclined to do the same by clicking on this link, and noting that the donation is in Jim's memory.
It is not easy to find comfort in moments such as these, but we know Jim's was a life well-lived, one where he was true to himself while making the world better for others. Now, as Alfred Lord Tennyson noted, “God’s finger touched him, and he slept.” Sweet dreams, Jim.