Volunteer Panel Discussion: Why you should consider volunteering

In celebration of Pro Bono Week, the Neighborhood Legal Clinics and Volunteer Legal Services Programs asked their volunteers a few questions about their experiences. We hope this discussion is a reminder of how valuable your pro bono work is, and if you’re not currently volunteering, why you should get involved.

What would you say to new attorneys considering volunteering with NLC?

GET INVOLVED! It will help teach you how to think fast, to control the conversation, and to maximize the use of your time; You will: get exposed to other areas of law, meet other like-minded lawyers, get a true sense of satisfaction for doing good, and earn heartfelt gratitude from the people you meet” – Ron Mattson

 

“As a law student, I plan on volunteering once I get my license. I would encourage other attorneys to volunteer because it’s a small commitment of time that will have big reward.” – Molly Lindquist

 

“Dive in.  The training materials provide a good knowledge base and make you feel like you’re doing what you can to prepare, but the best way to get comfortable at NLC consultations is to do more of them!” – Kara Morse

 

“I wouldn’t worry too much about difficult clients. I’ve only had a few who were at all difficult to deal with, and even those were mostly just confused or angry and frustrated about their legal issues. I would say to relatively recent law grads that it’s good experience. Even if you don’t have a lot of practice experience beyond your summer jobs during law school, if you’ve passed the bar and gotten a JD you know a lot more than you think you do.” – Joseph Militello

 

“Just do it.” – Anonymous

 

Interested in Volunteering with the Volunteer Legal Services or the Neighborhood Legal Clinics? Learn more here!

 

Volunteer Panel:

Ron Mattson, attorney volunteer since 1993. Volunteers with multiple Neighborhood Legal Clinics, the Family Law Mentor Program, Self-Help Plus, the Family Law Information Center, and is a Volunteer Settlement Conference Master.
David Hiscock, attorney volunteer since 1994. Volunteers with Volunteer Legal Services with a focus on volunteering for persons with HIV and AIDS (VAPWA)
Molly Lindquist, law student volunteer since 2011. Volunteers with the Cross Cultural Domestic Violence Clinic.
Kara Morse, attorney volunteer since July 2013. Volunteers with the Federal Way Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
Joseph Militello, attorney volunteer since March 2013. Volunteers with the Lake City Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Previously a volunteer on the NLC scheduling line.
Anonymous, attorney volunteer since 2004. Volunteers with the Neighborhood Legal Clinics

 

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