Dana Burton

How long have you volunteered?

I started volunteering with the MCVLP shortly after I moved to Huntsville in July of 2013.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because it is personally and professionally rewarding. One of the reasons I became an attorney was to help people. Volunteering with the MCVLP is gratifying to me personally because I get to work with people who are experiencing difficult situations and help them find a solution. Volunteering is enriching on a professional level as well. As a young attorney, I’ve found it is a great way to get experience.

What is your most memorable volunteering experience?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really wonderful clients. The most memorable so far was probably a client I helped with a bankruptcy. She was extremely nervous and apprehensive through the process, especially the creditors meeting. It was rewarding to me to not only be able to help her in a legal sense, but also be a reassuring presence as she navigated an intimidating process. She thanked me profusely for my help almost every time I talked to her, and it really made me feel like I had made a difference to someone.

What advice can you give attorneys thinking about volunteering with the MCVLP?

Just do it! For young attorneys who may be worried they lack the necessary knowledge or skills, I’ve found that more experienced attorneys are always willing to lend advice and practice tips if you need it. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment.