By: Tashawna Taylor-Hall, SALSA Pro Bono Coordinator
I was going to be the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. Or at least that’s what I told all my friends in sixth grade. My life obviously went in a different direction. These days I spend most of my time picking up my phone to listen to a veteran in crisis that needs to speak with an attorney instead of picking up the mic. I help create informative briefings to recruit attorney volunteers to take a case pro bono in lieu of preparing my bags to hop to yet another country…for the third time in a month. Although I’m not authorized to provide legal advice, I know that my professional contribution and open ears may help someone in need, which brings me joy and satisfaction.
I continue to work in the pro bono sector because I truly believe that SALSA is providing a benefit to the community that might otherwise not be available. Every year we receive and respond to hundreds of pro bono requests for aid in varying legal areas. So, I feel like I didn’t completely abandon my dream; Beyoncé received the royal title of Queen and I get that feeling of nobility when I’m helping a veteran on hospice plan and prepare his last wishes. Jana Stanfield said, “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” That’s why I continue to work/support pro bono efforts with SALSA. My wish is that I continue to see you out there with me.