ALSC’s Volunteer of the Month for July is Jim Leik! Jim took his first ALSC pro bono case in 2000, and since then has represented 27 low-income clients on a wide variety of matters. This year, Jim is helping many clients secure SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits for their families. Jim is a pleasure to work with as a pro bono attorney and we are grateful for his continuing service!
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
Many people need legal services and cannot afford them. ALSC offers a good structure for identifying the people with the greatest need.
What are some of your experiences with ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
Over the years I’ve had some cases that were resolved through litigation, but I’ve had quite a few ALSC referrals where the clients really just needed someone to gather the facts on some rather complex situations, and explain their legal rights and options. I think our work gave these clients peace of mind, and the ability to make decisions about their next steps.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
I learn something from every case, and it all adds up.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I have my non-volunteer legal work, and I like skiing and hiking and enjoying Alaska’s great outdoors.