“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”
Since 1981, through the Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California, thousands of volunteer attorneys and other legal professionals have taken the words of Winston Churchill to heart and have given selflessly of their time to provide free (“pro bono”) legal services to many thousands of the low income residents of the Sacramento region. Once in a while, I encounter skeptical clients who ask why attorneys are willing to donate their time to help them. I respond that there are many attorneys who realize that they have been fortunate in life and that they want to give back to their community in the way they know best. When I can call a client to tell her that we have been able to assign her case to a volunteer, I enjoy being able debunk the stereotype of attorneys being selfish.
VLSP has a minimal staff and can only function with the assistance of our volunteers. I wish we had the time to more properly thank our volunteers for their efforts. We hope that the lives of our volunteers are enriched by the opportunity to assure that all members of our community have access to the necessary legal services that they could not otherwise afford. We are pleased that we have volunteer attorneys who have been with us since day 1 of VLSP’s existence.
If you are an attorney or other legal professional, please consider joining us in serving our community. If you are a potential client, please feel free to contact us at (916) 551-2102 to see if we can assist you.