It is not every day that I get to actually reach out and help clients on a personal basis. While I am an attorney for a legal services agency, I also do a great deal of administrative work, which leads to me being in the office often. However, I do try my best to go out into the community with local clinics to give brief legal advice and help those who need it the most.
I was fortunate enough to do this Tuesday. I went to a local courthouse to take applications for legal assistance. When doing this, I'm often able to ask questions and give brief answers to questions that can solve their problems easily. Oftentimes, people just want to tell their story. They are going through a great deal of stress obviously with a legal situation, and they need to vent. We attorneys often double as therapists. My problem is when I listen to an applicant's story I get so wrapped into it that I want to take the case on as my own and help the person. Unfortunately, my time does not always allow for it.
When I started my job, there weren't a lot of these clinics set up in our counties, but I have worked very hard to create them so that we can go to the community and not have them come to us. Local libraries, courthouses, community centers are perfect places. I wish my time allowed for more, but for the times when I can go out there and help, it reminds me exactly of why I chose to practice law. And it makes me thankful for the blessings I do have in my life and how fortunate I am but also makes me even that much more passionate about providing equal access to justice for those who need it most.
So I am thankful that I am able to help. I love what I do, and I'm lucky to do my job.
On a side note, I have started a blog for my agency so check it out! (Personal plug!)