We’re proud to recognize Jennifer Jones as the December 2021 Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Jennifer and her experience as an MVLS volunteer.
Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?
Work for an MVLS client can make a positive difference in someone’s life that otherwise would not have occurred. MVLS clients may have been struggling with a legal problem on their own for years, or something has blown up that they find overwhelming. It feels good to bring legal skills to the situation and help bring a resolution to the situation.
Do you have any stand out stories?
In my first MVLS case, the parties were very entrenched in positions that were highly opposed to each other. Both were lovely individuals and wanted what was best for their child. By separating out their interests from their position, they were able to reach a somewhat surprising agreement—but it worked for them.
What is your favorite part about volunteering with MVLS?
I like how others in the legal community are so willing to help me if I need to draw on their expertise in areas of law I am unfamiliar with. Also, the clients are often fun to work with and they appreciate my efforts on their behalf.
Why should other attorneys do pro bono?
It helps to renew one’s sense of purpose. I think you always get back more than you give—but in unexpected ways.
Where do you see the Impact civil legal services in the next ten years?
I hope to see it extend to the struggling wage-earner who really cannot afford market rates for attorney services, but are disqualified for free legal services because they make more than the very low income requirement.