Several years ago, a fellow attorney encouraged me to begin doing pro bono work representing children in Child in Need of Care (“CINC”) cases through the Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation. With an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Social Work, CINC cases seemed a natural fit.
While it is disheartening to see first-hand the issues that many children face today, it is very satisfying to play even a small part in ensuring that these children get the best start possible given their particular circumstances, some of which are very difficult.
I encourage all attorneys, regardless of educational or legal background, to make time for pro bono work in a field that interests them. Doing so brings a sense of self-satisfaction unlike that achieved in our day-to-day work.
How do we make time for pro bono work with so many demands on our daily lives? Fundamental are law firms that acknowledge that pro bono work is valuable to the individual attorney, the law firm and society as a whole. Those firms encourage their attorneys to participate in pro bono work without penalty. I am fortunate that my firm has supported my pro bono work over the years, allowing me the freedom and opportunity to do so on a meaningful level.
Jackey W. South
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Jackey accepting an award from the Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation for her pro bono work with CINC cases.