Family Law Volunteer Sadia Graham answers a few questions about her work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
SG: I graduated from Fordham University School of Law and am a proud product of the NYC public school system. Upon graduating from Fordham I was in-house counsel in a corporate setting doing copyright licensing and trademark work; after a number of years I set off on my own and became a sole practitioner. I have been volunteering with the VLP for one year.
How did you become involved with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and what types of pro bono cases have you handled though the VLP?
SG: I originally sought out the VLP because I was interested in domestic violence issues. Since become a volunteer done support, visitation and custody cases in Kings County Family Court.
Why do you do pro bono work?
SG: Family court is very different from the legal work I have done in the past and I welcome the change. Although the clients can be challenging I enjoy assisting them, and I have broadened my skill set and made new friends in the process. I believe you are blessed so that you can be a blessing to others and the VLP is a great way for me to share my knowledge and time.
How do you balance your private practice with your pro bono work?
SG: I prioritize according to the importance and imminence of a project and I live by my lists.
What would you tell other attorneys who are thinking about volunteering with the VLP?
SG: Just do it.