Neighborhood Legal Clinics is proud to honor Blythe Phillips as Pro Bono Services’ Volunteer of the Month for her work with the Renton Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
Phillips is a dedicated volunteer who often goes above and beyond, whether it is doing extra research outside of clinic on a client’s legal issue or picking up extra shifts, she is a pleasure to work with and a wonderful volunteer. We asked her a few questions about herself and her volunteer work.
Q. Who/what inspires you to volunteer?
A. The “what” that inspires me is that I am deeply concerned about the cost of legal services and about access to justice for people of modest means and in poverty. I also feel strongly about contributing to my community. The latter is something I have in common with my grandmother, who has been an avid volunteer her whole life, even now at 94. She is the “who” that inspires me to volunteer.
Q. What is your most memorable volunteer experience?
A. My first night of volunteering at the clinic, I was coming down with a cold and felt terrible. My second night of volunteering, I was exhausted because I was going through a really difficult stretch at work. At the end of both nights at the clinic, I felt rejuvenated. I remember those first few nights now every time I get to the end of the work day and wonder how I’m going to push through two more hours at the clinic.
Q. What originally drew you to the Neighborhood Legal Clinics?
A. The aforementioned desire to contribute to my community was the principal reason, but I chose volunteering at the clinics because I love working with people.
Q. Words of advice for fellow volunteers?
A. It’s OK to say “I don’t know.” But then make the effort to help the client find someone who does know.
Q. Favorite quote?
A. “To understand just one life you have to swallow the world.” — Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.
Q. Favorite law-related movie?
A. “Legally Blonde.” Coincidentally, I got my acceptance letter for law school when I got home from seeing the touring production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Some of my friends from work at the time threw me a “Legally Blythe” celebratory party.
Q. Title of the last book you read?
A. Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster) by Dave Barry.
Q. Favorite Supreme Court justice?
A. RBG, of course.
Our sincere thanks to Blythe Phillips for her outstanding work at the Renton Neighborhood Legal Clinic.