Inspired to Help Those in Need
My name is Carina Jordan, and I have been a practicing, part-time, volunteer attorney for two years. Nine months after I passed the California Bar Exam, I gave birth to my daughter Olivia and put my legal job search on hold to care for her full-time.
One day, while going through my emails, I came across a volunteer opportunity offered through the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP). I signed up for the approaching training date and committed to volunteering twice a month for the next seven months. After I completed my initial commitment, I continued to volunteer because of how much good was being accomplished through DVP. Time and time again, victims came to DVP feeling lost and confused, but thanks to the help of compassionate volunteers and the legal assistance they receive, left feeling hopeful. Volunteering with DVP also provided me with the flexibility I needed to care for my infant daughter, yet give back to the community in a meaningful way.
I was inspired to volunteer with DVP because of my dad. When I was in grade school, I helped my dad, who is a teacher and was the activities director at Coachella Valley High School at the time, raise hundreds of dollars for the local battered women's shelter. We went to the shelter to hand deliver the money raised and I was able to see firsthand what a HUGE difference every penny and volunteer makes for victims going through such a terrible time in their lives. Needless to say, volunteering with DVP was my calling.
Volunteering with DVP was not only a natural career move after passing the bar, but a smart one as well. I recently accepted an attorney position with the Orange County Department of Child Support Services thanks in large part to my experience with DVP. I believe my work with DVP demonstrated to the interview panel that I sincerely possess the compassion and heart necessary to assist those served by the Agency. Of 198 applications received for two attorney positions, I am one of the fortunate case workers who will begin working with the Agency in the coming weeks.
I have learned so much by volunteering with DVP. From interviewing sensitive clients to writing on a victim's behalf to ensure his or her voice is heard, working one-on-one with victims of domestic violence has truly been a unique and eye-opening experience. I encourage you to get involved with DVP. It will change your life.
LACBA’s DVP is located in Room 235 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. For more information about DVP and volunteer opportunities, please Click Here.