Jaime is using her time and talent to assist New Yorkers in need. As a founding Board Member of our New Leadership Program, she is bringing our great work to the next generation of supporters. With the help of Jaime and her fellow Board Members, The Legal Aid Society is poised to make a lasting impact on our communities for years to come.
The New Leadership Program
The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) offers young professionals the opportunity to connect with our work. Through fundraising events, pro bono services, and networking, the NLP helps spread the word about our achievements and gives our younger supporters a way to make a lasting impact on our clients. As Jaime explains, she and her fellow NLP Board Members “want people to know about our work and get involved.” Whether it be through our annual Associates’ Campaign, our Winter Benefit, or through a number of Pro Bono Volunteer options, the NLP is an excellent way to take part in our work and support our mission.
For Jaime, getting young professionals involved in our Pro Bono work is essential to the NLP. From her own experience as a volunteer, Jaime knows that “the best way to understand what The Legal Aid Society is doing is to work with a client and see the impact you can have in their life.” Jaime first began volunteering after Hurricane Sandy, helping families who had lost everything in the storm. From filling out FEMA applications in the street with clients, Jaime’s involvement in our work has only grown. Part of her work with Bloomberg Associates brought her into contact with the in Save Detroit and expanding their expungement services. As she read up on the issues of expungement and how a criminal record affects a person’s life for years, she immediately thought “what is The Legal Aid Society doing about this?” This led her to Emma Goldman, who is the head of our Case Closed initiative. Emma is working with hundreds of clients across the city after a new law last year opened the door for record sealing for a number of New Yorkers. Now, Jaime is proud to work with Emma to expand this crucial service to even more New Yorkers. With Jaime’s help, Case Closed can continue fighting for New Yorkers in need.