We asked Pro Bono Fair Participants: "What important role do volunteers play in supporting your organization?"

This month, the BBA helped celebrate Pro-Bono month. As October draws to a close, BBA Week would like to highlight the Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House on Monday, October 28th at the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. This event, sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School, provides attorneys and law students with a range of pro bono opportunities.

With this upcoming event in mind, BBA Week reached out to grantees of the Boston Bar Foundation participating in the fair and asked:

"What important role do volunteers play in supporting your organization?"

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Eric Fullerton at efullerton@bostonbar.org.

Julie Dahlstrom - Lutheran Social Services
"Volunteers play a pivotal role at Lutheran Community Services to ensure that indigent clients receive essential legal services. Volunteers wear a variety of hats- from interpreting in client meetings to representing clients to apply for immigration relief. But, most importantly, volunteers inspire us through their kindness, compassion, and enthusiasm. We are constantly amazed by the spirit and passion that they bring to this work. We could not do it without them!"

Anna M. Schleelein - Shelter Legal Services
"Volunteers are essential to the fulfillment of Shelter Legal Services' mission of serving homeless and low income veterans. Pro bono attorneys, who give their time at Stand Down and Yellow Ribbon events and by accepting cases, act as a force multiplier enabling us to serve more veterans and families who would otherwise go without the legal help they need."

Rosa A. Previdi - Legal Advocacy & Resource Center, Inc. (LARC)
"Volunteers have been an essential part of LARC's history and mission for the last 30 years. They expand the access to legal assistance for the 13,000 low-income clients who contact LARC every year. Volunteers provide legal advice on the Hotline, screen clients for referrals to our regional partners, provide legal consultations from their offices and represent victims of domestic violence in restraining order 10-day hearings. Volunteers help to alleviate the overwhelming demand for services that our small staff of attorneys and paralegals face every day. LARC and our clients are most thankful for their pro bono services."

Sarah Ignatius - Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
"Volunteers mean everything to PAIR. PAIR's primary mission is to recruit, train and mentor attorneys in the private bar to represent pro bono asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. We are extremely lucky to be located in Boston, where such a strong pro bono ethic exists and amazingly talented attorneys are willing to represent asylum-seekers and other immigrants without charge."

Barbara Mitchell - Community Legal Services And Counseling Center
"Volunteers make a huge difference in the number of clients that Community Legal Services and Counseling Center's (CLSACC) is able to serve each year with its small legal staff. Last year, 43 pro bono attorneys accepted 101 cases and donated 7,400 hours of services. That meant high quality representation for survivors of domestic violence fighting for custody of their children or child support, refugees seeking asylum, and tenants facing eviction - low-income individuals who might not have been represented without the valuable contributions of our extraordinary volunteers. Our pro bono attorneys also serve as mentors to less experienced volunteers, providing invaluable one-on-one supervision and support."

Stacy Malone - Victim Rights Law Center
"Our volunteers fearlessly and compassionately take on the injustices faced by survivors of sexual violence. They are right beside us on the front line- restoring stability into the lives of survivors and helping us lead the movement against sexual violence.

Volunteers are absolutely essential to the Victim Rights Law Center. Pro bono attorneys throughout the Commonwealth generously donate thousands of hours in pro bono legal services through our Rape Survivors' Law Project. With their help, we are able to provide services to more than 400 victims of rape and sexual assault each year, helping us give victims a voice and lead a new response to sexual violence."