Our wonderful volunteers come from all walks of life. We have students from UCLA, stay-at-home moms, retired professionals, business people, and aspiring actors. Those who volunteer receive free parking and our eternal gratitude, but no monetary compensation. Why do these extraordinary people agree to volunteer? Why don't we ask them?!
"If I had not gone to graduate school to study literature, I probably would have gone to law school, so participating in the Volunteer Witness Program has not only been great fun, but it has allowed me to see 'how the other half lives'. Not only have I learned a lot about law school, but I've learned a lot about the law. I've worked with law students exploring everything from disability laws and AIDS issues to home ownership, employment law and the criminal justice system. I've played a wide range of characters from an art teacher to HIV positive former sex worker to the wife of a murder victim, and every experience is different. It's also rewarding because it's obvious that the students learn a lot in these exercises--they have to deal with real people in potentially very stressful situations. That's very different from textbook learning, and most of the time, it's much harder!” —Erin Templeton, Former Professor of Literature at UCLA
"The program is enormously interesting and terrific fun. It gives me the fabulous opportunity to indulge my desire to act. And, I am providing an important service to the law students as well. I can't wait for the [next] quarter to begin so that I can assume multiple personalities again." —Jo-Ann Krohn, Retired Teacher