Most people aren’t big fans of working for free. Lawyers are no exception. We’ve got student loans and lines of credit to pay off. To make matters worse, the spouse wants that shiny
extortionately overpriced new trinket for Christmas, the kids want to go to Space Camp, and malpractice insurance isn’t getting any cheaper. Finally, whether you admit it or not, you like getting paid for your time.
However, there’s more than one way to bring paying clients in the door. One of the best ways to do that is to maximize your visibility by being engaged and involved in the community. And one of the best ways to do that? Why, volunteering, of course!
There are a lot of people who need help, and significantly less people equipped to give it. After all, the heart of practicing law is ultimately to lend aid to those in need. There are legal clinics and social service organizations galore that would love to see you walk in the door. Your time and effort will sharpen your skills, keep things in perspective, and make you a hero to a lot of people.
Let me make something clear; I’m not saying that you should volunteer for the objective purpose of getting clients. That wouldn’t really pass the “smell test,” would it? What I’m saying is that you should volunteer your time because it’s the right thing to do. If doing so engenders goodwill and visibility in the community, then that’s great too.
Drive down to the legal clinic at lunch today. Go to the animal shelter and walk a dog or two. Serve dinner at the mission. You’ve got the time, and the dividends are endless.
If you are having a hard time locating a charity or organization to be a part of, consider visiting Volunteer Match. Volunteer Match is an website that assists individuals in locating volunteering opportunities based on what they are interested in. Volunteer Match is a website directory with thousands of volunteering opportunities that can be searched and sorted based on geographic locations and volunteer interests. Good luck!
David has been around civil litigation, in some capacity, for his entire life. While he always knew that he wanted to practice law, he didn't discover his passion for business until he got his first