Our July volunteer of the month is Erin Lillie! Erin has supported ALSC in various ways over the years, including extensive pro bono work as well as serving on the ALSC board. Thank you for your hard work and support!
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
I volunteer because I believe that I have an obligation to so serve if I can. I’ve volunteered for the Rotary Club of Nome and in other capacities more often than I can count. The financial costs of representation are a real barrier for many people, and volunteering is a direct way to overcome that barrier. Volunteering with ALSC helps a particular person who otherwise would likely not be able to effectively access the justice system, and I think it also earns the bar some goodwill and public confidence. I have also served on the ALSC board for several years as the attorney representative for the Second Judicial District, and so I know how important volunteering is to ALSC itself. I think we all benefit if there’s a tiny bit more justice in the world, so in that spirit, I pitch in.
What are some of your experiences at ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
I would like to think that my service on the board helped ALSC in some way as I tried to give a voice to the needs of the Second District, and I hope that my volunteering as an Attorney of the Day has helped the people that have met with me.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
I think my volunteering experiences benefit me immediately. I mean, it feels good to volunteer. Each case is another opportunity to learn something new about the practice of law, and that kind of learning benefits me forever.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I practice mainly in the domestic relations and probate areas. My wife Patti and I own two little dogs, Jupiter and Winnie, and I walk the dogs on the Chester Creek trail most days. When it’s the least-bit nice outside, I aim to barbeque something. I will also watch just about any baseball or football game, or “Antiques Roadshow.”