February 2018 – Paolo Pasicolan

Paolo Pasicolan has been a dedicated member of MVLS’ volunteer panel for years. He has taken on cases in family law, mentored fellow volunteer attorneys, and has specialized in Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) in MVLS cases. When discussing nominations for our February Volunteer of the Month, MVLS staff agreed that Paolo is not only incredibly committed to his work, but is by far one of the kindest, most engaged volunteers that our staff has had the pleasure of working with.

We are looking forward to Paolo speaking more about QDROs at our upcoming training in April, It Ain’t Over ’til the QDRO Has Been Prepared. You can learn more about Paolo and his work with MVLS by reading on below:

1.Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?

To be honest, I volunteer with MVLS because its staff works hard to make volunteering easy. When I was a new lawyer, MVLS offered training and support that has allowed me to provide quality legal assistance not just to pro bono clients, but all clients. Today, MVLS’s matching program gives me the opportunity to help those with legal problems in my particular area of practice. I couldn’t do that without MVLS.

2. Do you have any stand out stories?

I had the pleasure of helping a former spouse with a qualified domestic relations order after she was forced to return to Poland. Like many MVLS clients, she was so gracious that I have a standing offer of a home-cooked meal if I ever find myself in Warsaw.

3. What is your favorite part about volunteering with MVLS?

It’s the feeling of doing my regular job—but for a higher, nobler purpose.

4. Why should other attorneys do pro bono?

We’re incredibly lucky to be doing what we do for a living. Working pro bono is the least we can do to repay our good fortune. And it takes very little effort to make a big impact on people’s lives.