To The Readers Of TheMetropolitan Corporate Counsel :
It's more than a bit daunting to venture out of the comfort of your usual law practice even when there is help promised at every corner. You hear from so many pro bono projects all the time how: 'We will help you through this.' I also know from experience that the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Well, the Community Justice Program really delivers. From the orientation to the available mentors to the court clerks and the paralegal assistance, everything worked as advertised.
Don't misunderstand me. I knew there would be real people facing very real problems with all the attendant emotions and difficulties everyone suffers when facing serious life choices like divorce. But, as I walked down the hall at the Wesley Community Center and saw the line of eager faces lined up to meet their new lawyers, I realized if you are looking for a way to be directly of service to others as part of our pro bono tradition, this is the way to go.
My new divorce client had been pre-screened, and my file was complete with all the necessary pleadings, forms, brochures and instructions. Access to qualified mentors was just across the hall. No divorce is easy, particularly with children in the marriage. However, just as promised, the procedure was as smooth as could be.
A major tip of the Stetson to Jane Fritz, Becki Wahl, the mentors, the judges, SABA and all the volunteers involved in the Community Justice Program. Additional thanks to the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for taking part in such a valuable community project.
Our chapter has signed up to 'Just Take One' for next April, and we hope that we have an even greater turn out. We are still looking for
volunteers to participate on ourCommunity Service committee.If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ingrid Etienne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reprinted with permission from the Second Quarter 2006 issue of Association of Corporate Counsel America South/Central Texas Chapter Focus .