Baylous Named Alaska Legal Services Corporation’s June ‘Volunteer of the Month’
Lane Powell Attorney Mike Baylous was named Alaska Legal Services Corporation’s (ALSC’s) June “Volunteer of the Month” for his commitment to the organization’s “Attorney of the Day” program. Baylous was interviewed in ALSC’s June newsletter regarding his volunteer and pro bono work.
What are some of your pro bono experiences that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
We’ve obtained great results for clients we’ve represented in litigation, but sometimes the most positive differences come from more informal relationships. It is amazing what a few hours of attention can do for a person. Often, the folks I meet are frustrated, angry and/or exhausted by difficult situations, often of their own making, and by legal/bureaucratic systems they simply do not understand. However, they can work through their issues with a little help. Listening to what they have to say and then explaining the what, why, when and how of the legal side of things allows folks to make more informed decisions, and remaining available as a resource allows them to proceed with confidence.
Read the newsletter.
ALSC is a private, nonprofit law firm with the purpose of providing high-quality free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. In an average year, ALSC enables approximately 6,300 low-income Alaskans to address critical civil legal issues directly affecting their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services such as health care and utilities. To learn more about ALSC, visit its website.