Beth has been taking pro bono cases with ALSC for more than 20 years. Beth is our go-to attorney for Special Needs Trusts in Alaska, among other Estate Planning cases. She is always eager to assist our clients statewide and is a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Beth, for your pro bono service!
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
I volunteer with ALSC because Alaska Legal Services provides vital services to Alaskans unable to afford legal services. The pro bono program makes it easy to volunteer by providing support, including mentoring when needed. It is important that all Alaskans have access to justice.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
My experiences with ALSC have shown me that even the smallest amount of legal assistance can help people facing difficulties; for example, being able to tell an individual that that can qualify for public assistance to pay for long-term care costs can lift a burden from their shoulders. I recently mentored a newer lawyer who volunteered for pro bono service but needed some guidance. This benefited not only the client but the new lawyer as well; which in turn will benefit our legal community.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
I have learned to have more empathy which helps me in my practice and my life. Some cases may present challenges I have not encountered before and I will learn from them.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
When not working, I love to hike, fish, cook and travel as often as I can. After 30 years of practicing law, I still love what I do, whether it is helping people with planning their estates, qualifying for public assistance, or serving on nonprofit boards. Pro bono work has allowed me to use my skills to help those in need and I encourage all attorneys to participate in the pro bono program, whether by providing direct legal services, participating in a legal clinic or mentoring another attorney.