Attorneys Michelle Johnson and Rachel Spears discuss how you can be the perfect nonprofit client for your pro bono attorney (and being the perfect client will make them want to help you in the future).
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Website: Pro Bono Partnership Atlanta
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(04:40) Thanking your pro bono attorney
(11:30) Being a good client: being responsive & telling the truth
(17:00) Connecting via social media
(18:30) Managing your relationship when your pro bono project ends
(21:20) Following your pro bono attorney’s advice
You motivate your pro bono attorney when you take the time to thank them meaningfully – Rachel
Take the responsibility to be responsive. Your pro bono attorney shouldn’t have to chase you down. – Rachel
The court isn’t going to wait on you. So it’s important to be responsive. – Michelle
It’s important for clients to be completely upfront with me quickly. I’m their attorney. It’s confidential. If clients don’t tell me the truth, it’s so much harder for me to help them. – Michelle
Your attorney is on your side. They want to help you. – Michelle
Once your legal project is done, your pro bono attorney’s job is done – Rachel
Listen to the advice you’re given. – Michelle A lot of people don’t put enough priority on thanking donors well.
People slap a thank you together to check the box. That is a mistake.
A lot of people don’t take the time
A lot of people don’t understand the importance of a thank you or how to do it meaningfully
Imagine your donor is sitting at your kitchen table – what would you say? Put that in your thank you note.