January 01, 2012

Volunteering, Solo-Style

Laura J. Winston

Several years ago, when my husband was a first-year associate in the corporate department of a “big law” firm, he decided to follow a strong interest and begin training to do pro bono work with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), a nonprofit providing legal services and advocacy for the arts community. One evening as he was preparing to leave the office for a training session, he was cornered by a partner who wished to speak with him about a work assignment. While they were speaking, my husband explained that he was leaving for VLA training. The partner looked at him with surprise and disdain and said, “I thought you were a first year.”

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