Volunteer of the Month – March 2020
Stephen Johnson is a sole practitioner.
1. How did you first get involved in pro bono?
The first pro bono case I took was an adoption case; since my own children are adopted, I thought it would be great to do a pro bono adoption case.
2. Describe your most compelling pro bono case.
I handled an expunction case for a man who had several arrests on his record, although the charges were later dropped. His dream was to be a probation officer, but having the arrests on his record was preventing him from being hired. We got the arrests expunged from his records, and now he’s on his way to a better future for himself and his two sons.
3. Why do you do pro bono?
To be able to use my law degree to help people in need is incredibly gratifying.
4. What impact has pro bono service had on your career?
It’s allowed me to get experience working in new practice areas. As a solo practitioner, that’s really been helpful.
5. What is the most unexpected benefit you have received from doing pro bono?
Getting to know the pro bono clients I’ve had has been a wonderful experience. Until you try it, you have no idea how much richer pro bono cases make your life.