How Volunteering for Legal Aid Can Benefit Your Community and Your Professional Development

Molly Lovell
If every lawyer took on one volunteer case, we would have more volunteers than cases available.

If every lawyer took on one volunteer case, we would have more volunteers than cases available.

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Few things are more important than the roof over your head. As a housing attorney, I prevent people from being evicted, help them assert their right to live in a decent, habitable home, and give general practicable knowledge about landlord-tenant law. I began my career as a volunteer through the AmeriCorps program at Northeast Legal Aid, where I assisted indigent persons through the “Lawyer for the Day” program. In this program, I worked with other housing attorneys to advise or represent people with housing issues. Eventually transitioning into a full-time job, volunteering in this capacity helped me grow as a lawyer and person. I would recommend volunteering with legal aid to all new attorneys eager to gain experience while giving back.

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