Volunteer of the Month – February 2020
Jenny Womack is a sole practitioner.
1. How did you first get involved in pro bono?
I started my legal career in family law and that is one area where there is a lot of pro bono need. It has been close to 20 years ago, but my first pro bono case was a DVAP case I picked up through the DBA Family Law Section.
2. Describe your most compelling pro bono case.
I was able to terminate the parental rights of a biological father who had a life sentence for sexually assaulting another child, yet he still tried to fight the termination. He was a real piece of work.
3. Why do you do pro bono?
I think it is important to give back in gratitude for the blessings and good fortune I have experienced in my life and as an attorney, and one of the most straightforward ways of giving back is through pro bono work.
4. What impact has pro bono service had on your career?
It has exposed me to situations that perhaps I would not have experienced otherwise. And it is true that pro bono hours are definitely “good for the soul.”
5. What is the most unexpected benefit you have received from doing pro bono?
I don’t know that I would say this is exactly unexpected, but the smiles on the faces of the clients and children is probably the most rewarding part of doing pro bono.