ALSC’s October Volunteer of the Month is Abigail O’Connor! Abigail creates life-changing positive outcomes for our clients and the community through her extensive skill-set. We are proud to honor her dedication to pro bono work and to serving those in need. Check out our interview with Abigail below:
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
Pro bono work is an important part of my practice and a mission of my firm, Holland & Knight. ALSC does a great job of matching those in need of legal services with attorneys who practice in the appropriate substantive areas of law. In addition, the staff at ALSC is helpful at streamlining the engagement process for us.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
My only experience with ALSC is in providing pro bono legal services, and I would hope that doing so made a positive difference with clients.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
ALSC provides the opportunity to do pro bono work, and I can rely on ALSC to send me cases to fulfill that part of my practice and life. Pro bono has a “feel good” benefit of helping the community, and helps makes sure that quality legal assistance is not available only to those who can afford it.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
Before I was a lawyer, I was a commercial pilot and flight instructor. I still go flying with my husband almost every weekend in our airplane, although these days I take the navigator duties and leave the actual flying to him. We enjoy all of the aviation opportunities that Alaska offers with its beautiful scenery.