Susan Lee is a Partner in the firm's New York office. Her bio is available here.
Why is pro bono service important to you?
Because it allows me to serve a bigger purpose for the good of many. It's like paying it forward for our community, our future. I believe that if we can all do a little, we can really make a difference.
What advice do you have for lawyer who want to get involved in pro bono service?
I personally believe that pro bono service is a way of life. It is not something you give when you have the time, but rather it is how you live by always trying to make a positive impact on other people's lives without any immediate benefit to yourself. So start today. Do it by really seeing the lives and needs of others. If you are ready, you will want to help and you will find a way to help.
Here is an inspiring story. This really happened and this is how my mom lived and still does. My mom once saw elderly folks living in a retirement community carrying heavy bags of fruits back from a market. So she went to the retirement community and made a suggestion to bring a market to that community. When nothing happened, she went back and rallied her friends who lived there. Eventually a fruit vendor opened business there on Fridays and delivers fruit to the residents' rooms. I am told that the retirement community now opens its doors to non residents on Fridays so they can buy fruits there too. It's good publicity for them and the elderly gets to mix with the young. The fruit vendor is doing really well too and every Friday morning is like a garden party when everyone feels a part of a bigger community.
So ask yourself ... how can I help? You will be surprised.