For those attorneys who are thinking about volunteering but have never worked a protective order case, Carmen believes that this type of work can be completed by any attorney who wants to make a huge impact on a client’s life. “New attorneys can absolutely do this. Doing this kind of work raises sensitivity and awareness to the issue. Knowledge is power,” she says, “and the more people who have the knowledge, the better we are to serve those in need.”
“I never regret taking pro bono cases because I know that some clients would not be able to afford legal services otherwise. I’m grateful that my parents instilled in me the importance of service and volunteerism from an early age.”
“As attorneys in this vocational field, we need to help people and be open to pro bono experiences. This case went so well and was a good experience. I was happy; the client was happy. You should jump over the fence and join us by volunteering!”
Ian Schwartz is one of over 70 Haynes and Boone attorney volunteers from around the country that provided estate planning documents for frontline healthcare workers as part of SALSA’s Wills for Healthcare Workers Clinic.