A Spirit of Service: Mike and Barbara Lynn Philanthropic Fund
by Alicia Hernandez
The good deeds and generous spirit of our pro bono volunteers and donors remind us of the quote by William Penn that captures the essence of their work. The quote reads:
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
This quote rings true for both our dedicated volunteers and donors, including Mike Lynn and The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, who made a very generous donation of $15,000 from the Mike and Barbara Lynn Philanthropic Fund to the 2013 Equal Access to Justice Campaign benefitting DVAP. What better way for a highly respected trial lawyer and an esteemed jurist to demonstrate their passions for the law and justice than to support legal aid to the poor. Mike Lynn, a litigator and founding partner of the law firm of Lynn, Tillotson Pinker Cox, LLP, and Judge Lynn, a federal judge appointed to the bench in 2000, are helping to open the doors of access to justice through their support of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
Their support makes it possible for DVAP to do its work of recruiting and training attorneys to take pro bono clients, coordinating legal clinics for those in need, and matching pro bono lawyers with clients. And the matches work quite well as evidenced by DVAP’s client satisfaction surveys that show that not only have Mike and Judge Barbara Lynn captured William Penn’s spirit of service, but so have DVAP’s volunteer attorneys.
Terry Bentley Hill’s client provided the following comment about her experience, “I cannot express how much stress has been lifted from me. I feel that the lawyer that was chosen for me was perfect for both my case and I. Thank you very much.”
Thelma Clardy’ s client said, “From our first meeting, it was evident that she was highly qualified and capable of navigating me through the challenging times ahead….She demonstrated passion and persistence…with a positive attitude.”
Jeffrey C. Moore’s client wrote “He was a very good lawyer. I would recommend him to anybody. He was so nice. If I had to rate him on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a 10 ½. He went beyond what I was looking for.”
John Kaercher represented a client who let DVAP know that “he was thorough and very attentive to our needs and very professional. He has patience and compassion.”
Terry, Thelma, Jeffrey and John have embodied the spirit of William Penn’s inspirational words. They have used their legal abilities for the good of others and have shown kindness to those with no other options for legal help. They and their fellow pro bono lawyers have made it possible for their clients to get legal help but also to obtain “fairness” and “peace of mind.” Their work has made a difference in the lives of their clients and will not be forgotten.
Alicia Hernandez is the director of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and the DBA director of community services. She can be reached at email@example.com.