Feel Good Lawyering: The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Volunteer Training on September 10
The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles have been partners for over 30 years. Created by WLALA and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles after Legal Aid closed its family law program, the fundamental tenet of the joint project was self-help by teaching low-income women and men to prepare their family law cases and represent themselves in court. Volunteers are the backbone of the Center’s mission to provide meaningful and quality legal assistance.
Domestic violence against women was a motivating factor in the formation of the Center. Over 80% of the Center’s female clients suffer some form of domestic abuse-physical, verbal, emotional and psychological. The Center has become a type of safe haven and a last resort for legal help for women who have nowhere else to go and want to move forward with their lives.
Volunteers at the Center are a diverse group of people who take different paths to the Center. Some of the volunteer attorneys currently practice, or have practiced, family law; many have not. Volunteers include retirees who want to make a difference after a career, stay-at-home parents who want to return to the work force, empty nesters seeking a different work experience or attorneys learning new skills and law.
The Center’s need for volunteer attorneys is ongoing. As Andrea Caster, a volunteer lawyer said, “This is absolutely the kind of thing I went to law school for. I wish all of my cases were this feel good.”
Our next volunteer training is Saturday, September 10, 2016. For more information and to register, see http://www.hbcfl.org/new-volunteer-training-2016.