By day, Ashlie Alaman structures and reviews critical business deals as a member of Luminant’s corporate counsel team. By evening, she’s structuring lives and sharing hope by offering free legal aid to those in need across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Ashlie’s commitment to providing pro bono services is consistent with the Legal team’s tradition of helping those in need and recently led to her being named the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Volunteer of the Month. Since joining the DVAP in July 2013, Ashlie has volunteered more than 40 hours to help low-income individuals with their legal needs.
Her case for giving back is simple. “I’m motivated by helping people gain closure in their lives. Most of my pro bono work involves assisting people with a divorce and it’s gratifying to know that I’m giving them a fresh start,” she says.
Through her dedication to the DVAP, she was recently selected as a new member of the leadership team for the Pro Bono Small Business Legal Clinic.
“The issues my DVAP clients face really puts my personal issues into perspective,” Ashlie says. “When I’m able to help someone take a positive step toward happiness and move on to the next phase of their life, it’s a great day.”
Outtakes with Ashlie
How did you decide to go to law school?
During my senior year of college, I was working at the front desk of a hotel. A stranger asked me what my plans were after college and I told him I was considering law school. He came back the next day and handed me $1,300 in cash and said that I should use it to take the LSAT exam. I took the LSAT and three years later I graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.
Tips on how to make time for volunteer work?
Start small. Do something you enjoy and make the time.
“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” ~ Conan O’Brien