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Melanie's Pro Bono Lawyering Project

Organized by: Melanie Gleason

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Melanie Gleason via Crowdrise
August 07, 2015

Thank you!! On Aug 7th, my secondary goal was hit! To help ensure I can go even further in 2016, I'd be humbled by any support you can give. See More

THE STORY:

Friends and community-at-large,

I just gave away nearly everything I own to prepare for the biggest transition of my life. 

I will be living a nomadic lifestyle until at least the end of 2015—doing social justice lawyering all over the US—100% free of charge, pro bono. And I will be writing a series of exposés and reflections about my journey on my website: www.attorneyonthemove.com.

My first stop is California's Central Valley in Delano, where I will be for a month (from 7/13 to 8/7)—working as a volunteer attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance performing much needed legal aid. Delano is the heart of California's agricultural hub: ground zero for farmworker organizing where the grape strike led by César Chávez and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) occurred in 1965. Many of those same issues that led to this historical strike still exist for many in Delano today.

I am fundraising my salary through the end of this calendar year for basic necessities. Can you chip in and help me make my dream of social justice lawyering throughout America come true? 

I am embarking on this project because I believe the most radical lawyering occurs on the ground—working alongside the people and movements who need legal services the most. I have learned throughout my 10+ year career rooted in organizing/education that I am the most comfortable being in the trenches. It is where I belong. And I am passionate about a more holistic, community-based model of lawyering—where the intersection of organizing, coaching, and the law collide to form the most amount of leverage to topple the status quo. We all deserve better.

Can you contribute and show your support for a people powered form of lawyering?

I feel our country is at a critical movement moment. There is a status quo uprising in the air—the Black Lives Matter movement; fighting for continued LGBTQ rights and protections; attacking the largest wealth gap between the 99% and 1% in America's history. And I am taking to heart the meaning of we are the ones we have been waiting for.

I have done (and always will do) the inner work and deep introspection that has led me to choose this path—there is no plan B for me. I am pushing all those chips in! :) And I couldn't be more excited to begin.

Finally, I am currently getting my Professional Coach Certification (PCC) and will continue to offer remote-based life coaching to help fund my pro bono legal work. I am deeply committed to help others actualize their own dreams by sitting in the passenger's seat. I can tell you that although putting oneself fully out there can feel terrifying (!), there is no greater sense of peace.

Thank you for your support, friendship, and for believing that one person can make a difference. I hope to see you out there in the great wide open!


Building peace,

Melanie Gleason, Esq.

melanie@attorneyonthemove.com

$16,380

 

82% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Brian

Brian

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Lisette

Lisette

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Crisali

Crisali

DONATION: $250

Melanie, keep doing great things for people that need it. You have a big heart, you're an inspiration! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

I love and am inspired by your project, Melanie... keep the updates and Facebook posts coming! 3 years ago

Laura

Laura

DONATION: $20

This is amazing - good luck! 3 years ago

Esther G.

Esther G.

DONATION: $50

It is a pleasure to know you! Such an inspiring project! 3 years ago

Vanessa G. And Shane S.

Vanessa G. And Shane S.

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

En recuerdo de Tio Hector 3 years ago

Elissa & Eduardo

Elissa & Eduardo

DONATION: $150

Thanks for all you are doing! 3 years ago

Tony Chen

Tony Chen

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

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