DVP Volunteer Amie Medley Receives County of Los Angeles Volunteer of the Year Award
LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project is pleased to announce that Amie Medley, an associate with Arnold & Porter, is the recipient of the County of Los Angeles Volunteer of the Year in association with the County of Los Angeles Volunteer Appreciation Week.
Amie has been volunteering with the project for three years now, giving hundreds of hours of pro bono time. Amie has also taken on the case of one of our neediest clients and represented her in court, making sure that the client received protection from her abuser.
Asked about her time volunteering with the project, Amie said, “Volunteering at the clinic gives me an opportunity to help people in my own community who really need it. I’ve learned through the countless stories I’ve heard from clients at the DVP that physical or emotion abuse from a partner, spouse, or family member is not an isolated problem in a person’s life -- it disrupts the entire lives of the individual and his or her family. The constant threat of violence impacts their ability to continue working, to continue going to school, to continue caring for their children, and, in fact, to continue with the daily routines that many of us take for granted. It is very satisfying to help people obtain protection from abuse, which hopefully allows them to refocus their attention on whatever else is going on in their lives.”
Amie, along with other volunteers who are being recognized throughout Los Angeles County, was honored at a luncheon on April 4 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The recipients received a beautiful certificate, which was presented to them by members of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.