The VLP is pleased to announce that Allan Bonney is this March’s V.I.V. – Very Important Volunteer. Allan came to us with a breadth of legal experience with a keen interest in the Housing Justice Project (landlord tenant docket). Allan started volunteering for the VLP in 2020 and has since become a regular volunteer at the unlawful detainer (UD) docket. Allan graciously answers questions from staff as they navigate landlord tenant issues.
Thank you Allan for your support for VLP clients. We value your time and effort! Alan has offered the following to inspire you to volunteer too:
“I appreciate being named Volunteer of the Month by the VLP for the opportunity to describe to you one opportunity to volunteer. Would you like to spend an hour or two as your schedule permits assisting tenants facing eviction? Do so without having to keeping close track of hours, preparing billing statements, drafting fee agreements, opening files? And receive appreciation from clients for whom the eviction process is scary and confusing? If so, you might find volunteering with the VLP’s Housing Justice Project to be a great opportunity to feel genuine satisfaction from the practice of law.
Training is available through recorded webinars (CLE credits available) and cordial mentoring from other volunteer attorneys.
The process mostly involves interviewing clients, reviewing the Court file for Plaintiffs’ compliance with the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) and Governor’s Proclamations, and developing settlement offers for Agreed Orders. In my more than 24 years representing Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income disability Claimants, I found the value of an attorney for many clients comes partially from standing as a buffer between the plaintiff landlord and the client, educating clients about processes and rights, and explaining probable outcomes of various choices the client could make.
Most unlawful detainer matters are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 to 9:30am, with most of the actual work occurring in the fourth floor hallway between 8:40 and 9:30am. If you want to learn more, contact the Volunteer Lawyers Program or check the Spokane County Superior Court docket and stop by Courtroom 405 to observe.”