El Santo (Spanish for “The Saint”) was Mexico’s most famous masked professional wrestler and one of its biggest cultural icons from his professional debut in the 1940s until his death in 1984. He was also a big movie and comics star, fighting against vampires, monsters, zombies, and foreign secret agents. The legend of El Santo is still alive in Mexico. Yet El Santo was no saint; he made his rivals suffer on the ring and in his movies and comics, and his character was often portrayed as a jet-setter living the nightlife.
Like El Santo, I am no saint. I am a solo practicing immigration and Mexican law in Houston, Texas. And although I performed many hours of pro bono work last year, it was not pure altruism. In the process of undertaking these many (many) hours of pro bono service, I received tangible and intangible benefits.