I came on this trip expecting to gain practical experience in an area of interest for me, to help others, and to have fun. I definitely did all three. I enjoyed Property before this trip but using these skills to help clients convinced me that I may want to do this as a career.
I also found a way to connect with the work on a personal level. In drafting the Living Will and the Health Care Power of Attorney, I kept thinking back to my family’s situation. In the spring of 2008, my grandfather had a heart attack and suffered severe brain damage. He did not have a Living Will or a Health Care Power of Attorney, so my family was left to make tough decisions without much guidance. We were lucky that he had recently mentioned his thoughts on a similar situation that happened to a friend, so we had some idea of his wishes. It was still a very difficult time for all of us. Furthermore, his friend’s family had not had the documents either. I’m glad I was able to help our clients create these documents so that things will be a little easier on their families if they end up in a similar situation. I hope they will recommend that their friends and families have these documents prepared as well.
Finally, I want to say to anyone who is considering attending the pro bono trip, but reluctant to give up some of their spring break: It’s worth it! This trip was a valuable use of my time to help others and it was fun. On our break time, I went to my first pig pickin’ and learned to play pool, but my best memory will be learning that I really can do this work and make a big difference in a client’s life.
Posted by Amanda C. McCrea (Amy) on Wed. March 7, 2012 11:37 AM
Spring Break 2012 (Eastern)