Michelle Wiener.

Volunteer Lawyers Project - Portland, ME

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“I have learned a lot more about the legal field and about law school, and have come to believe that law school will be in my future.”

Through interviewing clients, initial training, and numerous continuing education sessions, I became familiar with the general rules and procedures involved in family law, bankruptcy, and foreclosure cases. Interviewing clients over the phone and in person at the Courthouse Assistance Projects (CHAPs) gave me insight into the difficulties low-income individuals face more broadly, such as access to public benefits or transportation issues, and the legal issues they deal with more specifically.

This experience has bolstered my confidence that I want to go into non-profit, social justice oriented work as a career. It also made it clear to me that I like having a balance between direct service that involves interactions with people and communities and service that addresses issues on a more systemic level.

Project Details

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

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