Anna Meyer joined the Neighborhood Legal Clinics (NLC) program in 2012 bringing her experience as a paralegal to the volunteer intake and referral intern position. Meyer is responsible for screening and scheduling NLC clients. It was obvious right away that she is highly skilled at working with people in crisis and she quickly learned how to apply those skills to the NLC program.
Meyer's next step at NLC was becoming a volunteer clinic assistant at the Spanish Language & Immigration Clinic in Belltown and the Eastside Clinic in Bellevue. And she didn't stop there. When the administrative coordinator position at the Eastside Clinic opened, she quickly accepted the challenge. Meyer is an organizational rock star; she creates and maintains the schedule for all 40 volunteers at the Eastside Clinic.
Additionally, Meyer recently became a member of the NLC Advisory Committee. She is currently working on a project to enhance the role of intake and referral intern volunteers. The NLC program delivers services to more than 8,000 clients each year through the volunteer efforts of nearly 800 legal professionals. Coordinating the large number of NLC volunteers is possible only because volunteers like Meyer are willing to step up and take ownership of a clinic.
"Anna Meyer is truly an outstanding volunteer. She's one of those people who looks for ways to be the most helpful and takes action," said Riana Nolet, Neighborhood Legal Clinics program manager.
Meyer recently answered some questions for the KCBA Bar Bulletin:
Q. What does pro bono mean to you?
A. Pro bono means that I use my knowledge and expertise to help community members defend themselves when faced with legal adversity. I believe in creating opportunities for access to justice that may otherwise be impossible.
Q. What inspires you to volunteer?
A. Clients are my inspiration; their gratitude for our services can be overwhelming,
Q. Describe your most memorable volunteer experience.
A. My first day at the Belltown clinic was incredible! I saw firsthand the huge need that we fill for our communities.
Q. Favorite quote?
A. "Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain." Helen Keller.
Q. If you were not a paralegal, what profession would you choose?
A. I would have been a dancer.
Q. What do you do for fun?
A. I like to run, kick box and watch movies. I also love having fun with my 4-year-old daughter Madailein.
Q. What is your favorite law-related movie?
A. That would have to be "Erin Brockovich," but, 'tis the season, so I am reminded of "Miracle on 34th Street." Imagine Santa on trial.
Q. Any words of advice for fellow volunteers?
A. Always be kind, thoughtful and understanding. I find that most clients just want to be heard, so listen.
The King County Bar Association sincerely thanks Meyer for working to ensure equal access to justice for Pro Bono Services clients and for her outstanding commitment to the Neighborhood Legal Clinics.