We’re proud to recognize Snehal Massey, as the Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Snehal and their experience as an MVLS volunteer.
Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?
I choose to volunteer with MVLS because service has always been an integral part of my life and what better way to offer my resources than providing pro bono legal services to those who really need it. I truly believe that pro bono is vital to my growth as an attorney and my pro bono cases have been my most memorable and gratifying cases thus far.
Do you have any stand out stories?
My first solo case was a pro bono family law case through MVLS. The sheer gratitude and appreciation that my client had for me at the end of that trial was all I needed to fully understand how much my time and resources could impact someone’s life.
What is your favorite part about volunteering with MVLS?
My favorite part of volunteering with MVLS is that the intake and screening process is so effective. The prospective clients are so reliant, responsible, and grateful, often even more than my retained clients. I really appreciate the preparation that MVLS invests before placing the clients with professionals.
Why should other attorneys do pro bono?
If you are thinking about volunteering, please give MVLS a try – I promise that it will ignite a pro bono spark in you. If you feel you haven’t been fully supported in your past volunteer experiences, or you are new to pro bono work, MVLS will provide you with the support you need. MVLS provides training, has staff available to help you talk through issues/concerns, and will even match you with a mentor if requested. They truly want the attorneys/professionals volunteering to be just as successful as the clients they place with us.
Where do you see the Impact of civil legal services in the next ten years?
In ten years, I truly hope that all attorneys naturally incorporate pro bono services/representation into their practice. As attorneys, we are very fortunate to be in this profession and to be of service to those who really need it but are not able to afford it. I believe it is not only gratifying but also our duty to use our skills in a way that improves or uplifts another person’s situation.