Volunteer Profile: Annie L. Potter, Esq.
This summer, many people took vacation time from work to travel or simply relax with friends and family, but Annie Potter was not one of them. She took a full week of vacation and spent it volunteering with Legal Aid’s Health-Education-Work-Income Immigration (HEWII) practice group.
Ms. Potter spent her week preparing for a Legal Aid Brief Advice and Referral Clinic dealing with expungement issues, a specialized clinic that allows individuals with misdemeanor convictions to apply to have their record sealed in order to obtain employment.
For the Expungement Clinics, Legal Aid prepares documentation for each client, and this is where Annie’s “extreme dedication and commitment” became evident to Stephanie Jackson, Legal Aid’s Managing Attorney for HEWII: “It seems trivial, but it is a critical part of the process that can be so time-consuming and Annie completes it in such volume and accurately.”
Ms. Potter says, “I have always liked public interest law and volunteering with Legal Aid allows me to do something I have a personal interest in.” However, she also sees the larger impact of giving her time: “[My employer] runs a grant program based on volunteer hours, but since I have a set schedule, I can’t commit to individual clients. By giving a week to help with even the smallest tasks, I was able to build up the hours to qualify for the program.”
Ms. Jackson could not have appreciated the help more and looks forward to working with Annie on future projects, saying, “She is phenomenal; a committed volunteer and a beautiful person.”
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Legal Aid, visit: www.lasclev.org/volunteer