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Best Practices for Your Pro Bono Practice (March Madness CLE)
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/21/2018
When: 03/21/2018
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
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State Bar of GA, Room 3
104 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Presenter: Lawyers for Equal Justice
Contact: (404) 521-0781

Online registration is available until: 3/21/2018
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3 CLE hours, including 1 Ethics hour and 1 Professionalism hour


About The Program:  

Even the most devoted attorneys encounter pitfalls in their pro bono practice.  Clients withhold information or miss important deadlines, billable caseloads make it hard to find time for pro bono work, or a client’s suffering can be emotionally draining.  Left unaddressed, these issues can create real challenges to successful pro bono representation.


Happily, there are many concrete tools and strategies that can help pro bono attorneys resolve these challenges and provide better representation to their clients.  This session will discuss these tools, starting with recent social science research that shows how busy attorneys and their pro bono clients are more alike than the attorneys might think.  The presenters will then provide specific strategies for productive client interviews and effective client communication, tools for managing high-need clients, and ethical considerations to keep in mind while doing pro bono work.  The session will wrap up with experienced practitioners discussing how they have effectively integrated pro bono work into their billable practice.        


Why You Need To Attend:

If you’ve ever been fed up with a pro bono client who didn’t tell you the whole truth or missed meetings; if you want to do pro bono work, but don’t know how to find the time; if you feel like pro bono work should be a win-win for the clients and your practice, but haven’t been able to make that happen – this is the CLE for you.  You will leave with specific client management strategies and methods for making your pro bono work a win-win – good for the client and good for your bottom line. 


Topics Include:

  • Strategies for managing common frustrations, including clients who call repeatedly, clients who want assistance with matters outside the scope of the representation, and clients who miss meetings or fail to follow up
  • Daily realities of low-income clients and how they impact pro bono representation
  • Using pro bono to develop a new skill set or knowledge base
  • Balancing pro bono with fee-paying work
  • Ethical considerations specific to pro bono representations


Registration Fees:

Atlanta Bar Members: $40


Law Student Members: $5

Law Student Non-Members: $10

Legal Support Staff: $5


Register for three Pro Bono March Madness CLE Programs and save $20! (must use the below registration form when registering for multiple CLE events)

Atlanta Bar Members: $100; Non-members: $250


Non-Members must register via THIS registration form.


Detailed Agenda:

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Check-in and Registration


9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: The Psychology of Scarcity, or, How Busy Attorneys and Their Pro Bono Clients are More Alike than They Think
Sarah Babcock, Pro Bono Director, Lawyers for Equal Justice

Recent social science research shows that busy attorneys and their pro bono clients have a lot more in common than the attorneys might think.  This session will provide an interactive overview of these similarities.  

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM: Real Strategies for Effective Representation of Pro Bono Clients
Cole Thaler, Safe and Stable Homes Project Director, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Sarah Babcock, Pro Bono Director, Lawyers for Equal Justice

Concrete strategies for productive client communication, effective client management, and efficient interviewing and intake.  Ethical considerations specific to pro bono representations will also be discussed.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Real Strategies for Effective Representation of Pro Bono Clients (continued)

11:30 – 12:20:  Making Pro Bono Work with a Busy Billable Practice
JoAnna Smith, Anderson Rupani & Smith

Phil Sandick, Alston & Bird, LLP

Experienced practitioners will discuss their tips for integrating pro bono work into your billable practice, ways to use pro bono to advance your billable practice, and best practices for pro bono matters.


Bring a non-member to this event at the Section Member price and get entered into a drawing for multiple prizes, including free membership, discounts to area attractions and restaurants, and more! Visit the Atlanta Bar 2 for 2 webpage for rules and more information. Use #ATLBar2for2



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