Tips for Using the
As a pro bono attorney, you are part of the special
listserv that allows easy communication between all pro bono attorneys.
Here are some of the whos and hows of the Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv.
Since it is new, we are all in the learning curve on how to use the
list serve effectively. With patience and communication we will work it
out. Take a moment and read over these tips before you send a message on
What is a list serve? A list serve broadcasts a single message to all
participants. You send one message and many people receive copies.
What good is the list serve? You can converse with many attorneys
across the state simply. If you have a question or are looking for a
sample pleading or other form, your request for help can be received
quickly by many pro bono attorneys who may be able to help you from
their own experience. Once you have found attorneys who can help you,
you can continue the dialogue one-on-one through ordinary e-mail or
If you have a helpful discovery of your own, you
can easily share it with other pro bono attorneys by sending it through
How do I join the Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv? Read
this page for help.
How do I get off the Listserv if I want? Follow the instructions
on joining to reach the subscription page, then click where it says, “If
you wish to resign from the Pro Bono Attorney Listserv Group, you can do
so by clicking HERE."
The e-mail address for the Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv is
this address if you wish to send you message to ALL pro bono attorneys
who participate on the Listserv.
All participants’ e-mail addresses are listed on the MoBar website. See
TIP #4 below.
Here Are Some Tips:
TIP #1: Who Do I Send To? When you are
sending a message, ask yourself, "Do I want this message to go to ALL
pro bono attorney participants or just one or a few?" If you want to
communicate with one or a few, then send your e-mail directly to them
using their individual e-mail addresses. If want all to receive the
message then send it to the Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv address,
TIP #2: Describe The Subject Clearly. Recipients may receive many
e-mail messages each day. They will preview their messages by looking at
the sender’s address and the short subject description. Take time to
write a subject description that accurately describes he content of your
message. The people who should see your message will then more likely
read it. (Just as a general rule of good practice, you should always
include a subject in every e-mail you send. It is just polite to people
who get messages from you.) Also members using the INDEX mode for
receiving e-mail will only see your subject line. If you want them to
open the full text of your e-mail, you need to describe the subject well
TIP #3: Reply To The Right Person. If you have a question about
an e-mail message or simply want to reply to the originator only, look
to WHO ORIGINATED the message. At the top of the message look for the
originators name. The “To” line should indicate “probono.” All messages
through the Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv are sent through the Pro Bono
Attorneys Listserv address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This should show on the "To:” line. Usually if you click “reply,” you
will send your message directly to the originator. If you click “reply
all,” you send your message to the originator and everyone on the
Listserv. If you really want to communicate only with the
originator, do not click “reply all”. If you do, then EVERYONE on the
list serve gets your question, not just the originator and you just
clutter up the mailboxes of all participants.
TIP #4: How Do I Find Individual Addresses? Every pro bono
attorney participating in the pro bono list serve group is listed in the
roster of the group on the MoBar website. Log on to the “Members Only”
section” of the MoBar website and click on “Committees and Listservs.”
You are now on “My Committees” page. Click on “roster” next to the name
“Pro Bono Attorneys Listserv Group.” Now you see the contact information
for all attorneys participating in the group. Click on the word “email”
and your e-mail software should open automatically with the individual's
e-mail address in the "To" box.
TIP #5: Sending Attached Files. If you want
to send a document or other file which is very large, it make sense to
send it as an attachment to a brief cover memo. That way the receivers
can read the cover memo and decide for themselves whether to open the
attached document. You should also be aware that the MoBar Listserv will
not accept an attachment larger than 200 KB (about 20-40 pages of text).
Of course, when you send to an individual attorney's e-mail address,
this limit does not apply. For more information on exchanging large
files such as forms, etc.,
click here. In your message, you
should (a) describe the content of the attachment, and (b) specify the
software format (e.g., MS Word, WordPerfect, etc.). Do not leave
recipients in the dark because the attachment will not open on their
If you are going to send a document as an attachment, the Rich Text
Format (RTF) is a generic word processing format that most word
processing software can use. Before you send a file, save it in your
computer in RTF format.
TIP #6: Print a copy of these Tips and place
it with your e-mail "stuff" for future reference.
Revised Jul 21, 2008