How long have you volunteered with MCVLP?
I have been a VLP Member since we did the first Young Lawyers party with the Judges at the Ledges. I think that was 2006 or 2007.
Why do you volunteer?
It is important to give back to the community. We are proud that our firm has 100% participation in the VLP. Our pro bono work and our Annual Toys for Tots drive are two of our favorite ways to give back to the community.
What is your most memorable volunteering experience?
It is hard to pinpoint a specific example, but it is always rewarding to be able to help someone that truly needs your assistance. There have been a number of cases that we were able to address without a huge investment of time, but it made all the difference to that client. Just because someone cannot afford a lawyer does not mean that they deserve to be pushed around or mistreated.
What advice can you give attorneys thinking about volunteering with the MCVLP?
Take the time to get to know your clients and their situation. It will make you a better lawyer in their case and in general. I am a huge believer in relationship marketing. When you build new relationships and nurture them, it helps your practice grow. Volunteering with VLP is not just the right thing to do, it is a great tool to grow your practice and serve your community at the same time.