We’re proud to recognize Cindy Motsko as the Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Cindy and her experience as an MVLS volunteer.
Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?
As a retired, but still licensed attorney, I wanted to see if I could use my skills to help people who need legal help and to give back to the community. I have supported MVLS financially (but modestly) for many years.
How does volunteering with MVLS impact you (personally, professionally, or both)?
Professionally, I had to adjust to a completely new system of dealing with the Court – everything had to be filed online in pdf format. This was a big learning curve for me. Because of the sensitive nature of the cases, (protecting victims of human trafficking) I also had to learn the process of sealing the case files and making sure that access to the information was restricted. As a former commercial real estate and business attorney, this was a very different world. So, the short answer is that I have increased my skills, although not without difficulty. But the clients have been so appreciative that I am pleased to have helped them in my small way.
What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with or supporting MVLS?
Of course, I would encourage volunteering and support for MVLS. But they should be prepared for the challenges, and growth opportunities if they deal with subject matter outside of their areas of expertise. That said, the MVLS staff is so helpful and supportive of volunteers’ efforts and that assistance is crucial to successful outcomes for the clients.
How would you explain the impact of your pro bono work to someone who isn’t familiar with MVLS?
Although a person may not be familiar with MVLS, they certainly can understand the value of volunteering to work for people in need of legal assistance.