Barbara

Palan

“I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have had in my life. Helping others who are less fortunate is my way to repay the world for the kindness I have received. I’ve always felt that I received much more in return for the service I gave to others.”

Barbara “retired” eight years ago, and said she went looking for her next big adventure. It turned out to be serving as coordinator for the Jewish Family Service Volunteer Attorney Project, which provides pro bono services for those in need. She began her career as a stay-at-home mom, and during that time became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer, where she says she “loved representing children in court as their guardian ad litem.” After three years as a CASA, at age 41, Barbara decided to go to law school, graduating in 1991 and working as a family law attorney for the next 20 years. Today, she says working with the Volunteer Attorney Project “is a wonderful opportunity to utilize my education, background and desire to help others in our community.” Barbara and her husband Bob are the parents of three and the grandparents of seven.