Joy just can’t quit supporting ALSC’s clients and families in need in the YK Delta. Joy first came to Alaska as an ALSC staff attorney representing Alaska Native Tribes in child welfare proceedings through ALSC’s partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP). After over two years of service, Joy left the state but continued in her commitment to public service and indigent families, representing parents in child welfare proceedings. Joy returned to Bethel a year later as associate counsel for AVCP. She has served as general counsel to AVCP since 2017. Thank you, Joy, for your pro bono service!
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
Navigating the legal system can be daunting and frustrating, even with legal representation. Volunteering means I can help someone who would otherwise have to go through this process alone.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
When I worked for ALSC, I was able to help grandparents in a village in the YK-Delta adopt their grandchildren. The grandchildren were living in the Lower 48 when their parents died, and their tribe asked ALSC to help intervene to support adoption by the grandparents. That’s one of my most memorable experiences because the grandparents were so happy when their grandchildren arrived.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
I’ve learned so much from working and volunteering with ALSC that has helped me become a better attorney. There’s always room to grow, so I’m excited to keep learning through my involvement in the pro bono program.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I volunteer at church, teach piano, play ukulele, and I used to travel and explore Alaska but for now I’m spending lots of time on Zoom with family and friends instead.