Joseph Sherlock.

Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project - Portland, ME

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“I worked with a great deal of hardworking individuals—harder workers than I am and who are trying to overcome challenges I couldn’t imagine facing.”

I wanted a deeper understanding of poverty—one that could not be conveyed in a classroom setting. Working intimately with battered mothers, veterans with psychological afflictions, elderly people who were overwhelmed with financial woes, parents who are trying to do the best for their children with the little resources that they have, and countless other individuals allowed me to meet that expectation immediately.

I wanted a clearer understanding of the justice system. By sitting in through court proceedings and litigation as well as documenting the legal history of different issues, I have certainly obtained a better understanding of the justice system. I now understand that not everyone receives justice. Coming to understand that clarified why the VLP’s mantra is “making ‘Justice for All’ a reality in Maine.”

I hoped to see interactions between attorneys and their clients, about the different types of law that the VLP works with, and a better understanding of how non-profit organizations work. These things were a regular part of my day at the VLP and I gained an appreciation for all three of these things by encountering them each day.


Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2012
  • Tags 2012, Law, Preston, Social Service, USA

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