January V.I.V – Hanna Harrison

The VLP is ecstatic to recognize Hanna Harrison as this month’s as the V.I.V. – Very Important Volunteer.

Short Bio:

Hanna went to Gonzaga School of Law and graduated in 2021. After passing the bar, Hanna worked for the Northwest Justice Project. Hanna was an eviction defense attorney for the Eviction Prevention Unit and helped those that were being evicted defend against their lawsuits. In 2022 Hanna began working for LexisNexis and is a legal research attorney for Gonzaga, University of Idaho, and University of Montana law schools.

Why do you volunteer?

I am passionate about volunteering for the Volunteer Lawyer Program because it provides me with a meaningful opportunity to give back to my community while simultaneously forging valuable connections. Being a part of this program allows me to contribute my legal skills to assist those in need, fostering a sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Moreover, by volunteering my time and expertise, I am not only making a positive impact on individuals facing legal challenges but also building relationships with fellow volunteers and legal professionals. This experience not only enriches my personal and professional growth but also strengthens the bonds within the community, creating a network of support and collaboration.

What has your experience with the VLP been like?

My experience with the VLP has been wonderful! Everyone that I have met has been so kind and welcoming. Attorneys and those working for the VLP all have a common goal of helping those in the community. It has been something that I continue to look forward to each month.

Do you have any tips for new volunteers? My tip for new volunteers is cliché and simple but just go! I was nervous to show up to my first event after moving back to Spokane, but I have met so many great attorneys and staff members. I always leave events feeling fulfilled and like I have made an impact in my community. I always learn new things and flex my “legal muscles” working on issues, which I enjoy! The hardest part is just making the time and showing up!

Why would you recommend volunteering with the VLP?

Similarly, I recommend volunteering with VLP for the same reasons I love volunteering. As a young attorney who is freshly back in Spokane, I have been able to meet legal and non-legal professionals as well as feel closer to my community. I am also able to work on legal issues that I do not see daily. It is so easy to get sucked into our worlds of seeing the same people, judges, cases, and attorneys ever day! The VLP provides the perfect opportunity to broaden your legal circle and give back in a meaningful way to our community.