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May 2016 Bar Bulletin

Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

Dana Boales

By Abra Conitz


The King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services team proudly honors Dana Boales as its Volunteer of the Month for her work with the Housing Justice Project in the Kent clinic.

Boales began volunteering with the Housing Justice Project more than seven years ago and is an incredible long-term volunteer. Boales works as the executive director of a domestic violence advocacy program in Tacoma and brings her knowledge and experience on these issues with her to the clinic each time she volunteers.

The Kent clinic feels that she is a tough and fearless advocate who is immediately trusted by her clients and respected by opposing counsel.

We recently asked Boales a few questions about volunteering:

Q. What inspires you to volunteer?

A. Justice is inaccessible without proper representation and the poor rarely have the resources to pay for representation. Volunteering is my way of ensuring justice for those folks.

Q. Do you have a memorable client story?

A. I represented a very elegant lady whose landlord was a horrendous record keeper. She came into court with years of very organized records, while he came with an old moldy ledger that had missing pages. By the time we got through papering him with the receipts that he had signed, he was happy to dismiss his case. I remember being proud of her and ashamed that she was wrongfully brought into an eviction proceeding.

Q.What is the biggest challenge with helping the clients at the Housing Justice Project?

A. Trying to find resources for families that are losing their housing.

Q. What is your most memorable volunteer experience?

A. In all of the years that I have been volunteering with the Housing Justice Project, we have rarely been understaffed. That being said, one day I showed up late and found that I was the only volunteer attorney there. You could just see the relief in the eyes of the staff and legal assistants. I felt like a hero that day!

Q. What does pro bono mean to you?

A. For the people ….

Q. What was your dream job as a child?

A.To be a rich attorney!

Q. What is your must-have office supply?

A. Sketch book for notes and drawing.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. Ride my bike, hike and hang out with friends.

Q. What is your favorite law-related movie?

A. “12 Angry Men” with Henry Fonda.

Q.What is your favorite quote?

A. “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” Harry S. Truman.

Q. Do you have any words of advice for fellow volunteers?

A. When in doubt, ask for help.


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