Lillie Shobe was still a receptionist when she started working on her first pro bono asylum claim at WilmerHale. The firm had originally agreed to provide limited representation for two weeks to help the client get out of a detention center. But plans changed.
“We just absolutely fell in love with her and her story, and we took on her full asylum claim,” said Shobe, who served as a Spanish interpreter for the client. “In November of last year, we were successful in winning asylum for her, and now she’s out with her family in Maryland.”
Shobe still talks to the woman every other day.
“We both say she’s part of my family now, and I’m part of her family now. That connection will never go away,” she said, adding that she didn’t expect to form a friendship like that when she first took an administrative job at WilmerHale’s Denver office.
But Shobe’s life seems full of unexpected turns.