The VLP is pleased to announce that Chris Zentz is this month’s V.I.V. – Very Important Volunteer.
Chris has been practicing law for nearly ten years. His primary focus is on energy law: federal energy and energy transactions. Chris reached out to the VLP in April after reading about the increase in domestic violence issues during the pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders. Despite limited experience with family law, Chris wanted to help meet the growing need for lawyers to assist community members in these situations. He found that volunteering with the VLP allowed him the opportunity to offer meaningful support to those who need it most.
In just a few months Chris has been able to assist several VLP clients over the telephone, giving them critical legal advice, answering questions, and helping them navigate their paperwork.
Chris says, “As the recipients of a Juris Doctorate degree, it is important to recognize that we have been given an enormous responsibility and privilege.” Chris believes it is important for lawyers to use this privilege and access to the judicial system to help others, especially “during this time of social unrest associated with the numerous injustices against minority groups and those in need.”
For any attorney who is looking for an opportunity to help, even in a small way, Chris highly encourages you to reach out to the VLP and offer your services. “The VLP has made my transition to volunteering seamless and easier than I could’ve expected, particularly for someone (like me) who comes to these issues with very limited background knowledge or experience. As I’ve learned the VLP will accommodate your skillset and can find ways to deploy it in a way that provides meaningful help to those who are desperate for even the simplest legal guidance.”
Thanks Chris for your willingness to learn and for dedicating your time and energy to helping VLP clients. The VLP appreciates all you do!