tial risks and liabilities. “Except for the limited capacity of law
school clinical programs, Wayfind is the only organization in
the state that provides full pro bono representation to nonprofits. We help to improve the quality of life in our communities by getting grassroot organizations and nonprofits the
legal help they need to pursue their mission and make a difference in their communities,” says Jodi Nishioka, program
manager for Wayfind.
Even though Wayfind has a strong and dedicated volunteer base, currently only one percent of Washington’s over
35,000 lawyers volunteer for Wayfind. With more volunteers,
Wayfind could make a greater impact for women like Nava
because Wayfind creates organizations that make a difference. “Attorneys supporting communities is what Wayfind is
about. We make it easy for attorneys to help nonprofits and
microentrepreneurs. We provide a list of screened, discreet
business transactional opportunities for our volunteers to
choose from. Our volunteers just pick a nonprofit matter that
is interesting to them and off they go,” says Jodi.
Who knows how Nava’s life would be different if she had
had the opportunity 10 years ago to participate in a program that equips low-income immigrant and refugee women
with job opportunities and skills that are in high demand?
Undoubtedly, she would have been more competitive in the
workplace, and most likely had a more fulfilling career. And
this is what makes Wayfind uniquely special — Wayfind volunteers empower nonprofits to do needed and impactful work
in the community. Attorneys have unique skills and Wayfind
offers us the ability to use our particular skills to transform
communities and their vulnerable constituents.
In Greek mythology, the muses were the nine goddesses
who inspired artists, musicians, and poets. In the world of pro
bono, Wayfind is the muse that inspires lawyers to give back
their time and talent and helps people with incredible ideas
make their visions a reality, transforming not only communities, but lives like Nava’s.
To volunteer with Wayfind, or find out more information, call
Wayfind at 866-288-9695, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or check out www.wayfindlegal.org. NWL
Joanna Plichta Boisen has been on the
Wayfind board of directors for four years.
She is pro bono counsel for Foster Pepper
PLLC. Her practice is concentrated in litigation with a focus on providing pro bono
legal representation to persons of indigent
means. She is also the chair of the firm’s
new Nonprofit Industry Group. She can be
contacted at email@example.com.
Muses is only one of many organizations Wayfind has
formed, organized, assisted, and brought to life. Since its inception in 2004, Wayfind has served 400 nonprofits, providing $2.7 million worth of legal services and over 7,700 attorney hours free of charge. Intellectual property attorneys have
helped organizations register their trademarks and logos,
copyright educational material, and understand patent law.
Real estate attorneys have assisted in drafting and negotiating leases. Employment attorneys have revised manuals and
handbooks. Business lawyers have assisted organizations in
revising bylaws, reviewing contracts, and advising on poten-
OPPOSI TE PAGE: Muses students, family, and friends celebrate graduation at Green Eileen store
in Georgetown, Seattle. THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Ack, a former Muses student originally
from Burma, learns about the fashion industry. Esther Hong (Muses co-founder), Yuki (Muses
former student), and Sandrine Espié (Muses co-founder) celebrate graduation. Green Eileen up-cycled baby coats made from gently worn Eileen Fisher textiles (items from this collection are
unique and handmade collaboratively with Muses students).