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January 2017 Bar Bulletin

A Little Pro Bono Goes a Long Way

By Threesa Milligan and
Carl Marquardt


In these uncertain times, it is difficult to foresee all of the challenges that may lie ahead for civil legal aid in King County. One thing that is certain is that there will continue to be an enormous need for services.

Far too many in our community are facing challenges of homelessness, family safety, crippling debt, unfair employment practices, barriers to accessing benefits, and more. While these are not new problems, they seem to come into sharper focus against a backdrop of national public rhetoric aimed at ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals.

The King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services programs provide opportunities for attorneys, paralegals and students who want to make a difference. We provide information, advice and advocacy for individuals in need, who would otherwise be left to navigate our complex legal system without the tools to do so effectively.

If you believe that you do not have the expertise or subject matter competency to be of service to our clients, think again! Our programs include the training and supervision you need to provide desperately needed assistance. Volunteers consistently report a high level of satisfaction with program training and organization. And across the board, volunteers experience a strong sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment, recognizing that the work they do makes a real difference in people’s lives.

In the words of Edmund Burke, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” With support from KCBA, you can do much more than a little to help our vulnerable neighbors and community members.

In addition to encouraging volunteer service, we invite volunteers to join the KCBA’s Pro Bono Services Committee. The PBS Committee provides advice on policy matters, supports our programs and, especially important in the coming year, takes on special projects in response to evolving needs.

You can help shape our response and action in these critical matters. Please contact our committee chair, Carl Marquardt, at carl@cjmpllc.com, or Pro Bono Services Director Threesa Milligan at threesam@kcba.org, to find out more about how you can become a part of our team.


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