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Review for Alliance for Childrens Rights, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned of ACR at a job fair held at my law school. I was immediately interested in their organization because of the range of legal issues it handled pertaining to children. Special Ed, Guardianship, Adoption, Benefits, Transitional Services...these were all areas I could assist with if I volunteered at ACR.

Soon after I began volunteering my time at ACR, I was given the opportunity to handle a Benefits case from intake through the hearing date. I was shocked that the attorneys allowed a second-year law student to take on so much, but was grateful for the confidence it instilled in me as a lawyer-in-training. My research and writing skills improved, and I had the opportunity to actually advocate for my client before an adminstrative judge. I felt an immense sense of satisfaction knowing that because of my hard work, and my supervisor's guidance, we had changed our client's life for the better.

While in law school I also volunteered in the Guardianship Program. I enjoyed the contact I was allowed with my clients, who were always so diverse from each other. Now that I am a licensed attorney I still volunteer my time on these types of cases, however now I am the one accompanying them to court in addition to filling out the paperwork.

Deciding to volunteer at the ACR as a law student shaped my interest in the legal world, and continues to help me become a better attorney. I recommend this organization for anyone who has an interest in helping children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

obtanining guardianship or the necessary benefits for my clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add additional programs....maybe ones dealing with family law matters, paternity, or delinquency issues.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I help clients obtain guardianship over children in their care.