Congratulations Dorne Hawxhurst, for being selected as ANDVSA’s November Volunteer of the Month!
Dorne has had two recent cases with ANDVSA. But Dorne’s experience working with survivors spans more than two decades. Her first job after becoming a lawyer was providing civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence in rural Alaska at Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC). There, Dorne worked under an ANDVSA grant, and she served clients in Valdez, Cordova, Kodiak, Juneau, Kenai, Bethel, and Dutch Harbor. Says Dorne, “I credit a team of attorneys from ANDVSA and ALSC for first developing my trial skills–skills that I would later use in a decade of private practice.” Thank you, Dorne, for your years of dedication and pro-bono work!
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dorne was a management consultant for two different international accounting firms. She then attended law school and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with honors.
After working at ALSC for a year, Dorne worked for a decade doing private practice. She then became a member of the senior legal staff at the Alaska Court System. There, she oversaw court forms, including the development of domestic violence smart forms, and served as a healthcare advocate for employees and their dependents whose health claims were improperly denied.
Dorne left the Court System in 2019 and returned to private practice on a part-time basis. She reached out to ANDVSA about working on two recent DV cases in rural Alaska, and ANDVSA was happy to offer her legal resources and support, including sample pleadings and legal research tools. Most importantly, Dorne says she found a mentor in ANDVSA’s Senior Staff Attorney.
Dorne says that coming back to working with ANDVSA feels like “coming full circle.” Of her time working as a volunteer attorney, she says that she has found the most value in the people she works with and the people she serves. “ANDVSA is composed of very dedicated people who are devoted to these issues. I find the work I do most rewarding when I am helping people at their most vulnerable.”
In addition to her professional work, Dorne is an avid berry picker, hiker, classical pianist, and devoted wife. She and her husband divide their time between Cordova and Anchorage.
Thank you, Dorne, for everything you have done to support survivors!