Our incredible September Volunteer of the month is Kris Coyne, who currently serves as a civilian attorney for the Army at JBER. As an ALSC volunteer, Kris lends her unique skill set to clinics specifically for Veterans and to VA Stand Down events. Read on for our interview with Kris about her experiences:
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
After I retired from the Navy JAG Corps, I went to work for myself in Arizona doing Family Law. It was an awakening coming from a place where EVERYONE gets free legal assistance to a place where no one does. There are SO many people truly in need of legal assistance and unable to pay… especially in Family Law.
ALSC offers me the opportunity to help AND the resources to do it. PLUS the opportunity to network with fellow attorneys is invaluable!
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others?
I have been involved in the free legal clinics for Veterans and I love being able to help a Vet overcome what they have let become an obstacle – to their ability to find a job, make a living, or clear their record – and truly make a difference in their lives. It is heartwarming to see their demeanor change when they realize it wasn’t that hard to overcome after all.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
As I stated previously, ALSC is an amazing place for networking, training, meeting, and making a difference. I know that all of those things will combine to enrich my education and experience, and will assist me in helping other people in my position at Legal Assistance with the Army.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I am a retired Navy JAG with over 25 years of experience. I currently work as a civilian attorney for the Army at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. It has been an AMAZING career with the military working with people who are PROUD to be Americans and PROUD to make a difference themselves.
Fun fact – I am proud of my kids! Hannah, UAA Sophomore and Artist! Kelly, Champion Barrel Racer! Timothy, Lego Master and Artist! And Kirsten – Barrel Racer, Basketball Player, and New Cross-Country Skier, extraordinaire. We have only been in Alaska 18 months, but we LOVE IT!