Farewell Vanessa!

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

"Take what you need and leave what you don't from GCS, and look forward to your future. I wish you the best on the next leg of your journey." – Mia

This week, we had to say goodbye to one of our most pivotal members of Good Counsel’s legal team. Vanessa Robinson has worked for Good Counsel since 2019, getting the chance to assist in person as well as remotely from New York. She has a plethora of experience in various career paths, but she ultimately decided to pursue her law degree in 2015, landing in a fellowship with Good Counsel shortly after graduating. Good Counsel is very thankful for this life-changing decision, and its founder, Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky, cites Vanessa’s “reassuring and calming presence” as one of Vanessa’s many great qualities. Quoted by many as a generous and kind-hearted person, she has been a fundamental part of the legal team’s success.

"Also, she has a bad-ass bike, I don't know if you've ever gotten a chance to see it but it's cooler than I will ever be in this life." – Khondker

Khondker, a member of the legal team at GCS states Vanessa “had been one of the people responsible for giving me my first ever opportunity at legal work.” He recounts his experiences with Vanessa fondly and credits her for his progress as a professional in the legal world. “I really enjoyed working with her and learned a lot in the way of what great legal work looks like, and how to conduct myself when dealing with clients. She has redefined what patience has meant for me, and I can only hope, with enough experience, I can replicate how she approaches the legal field.”

Another longtime coworker, Mia, describes Vanessa as her rock, and thanks her for “answering my random phone calls and virtually hanging out with me.” Not only has Vanessa been a “pivotal person in holding down the GCS fort and getting us to where we are now,” she has strengthened the GCS community and been a “positive impact on this organization through all of the ups and downs.”

Messages from the Good Counsel team:

"I never got to closely work with you but in the times that I did interact with you, you were always very helpful and very supportive!"

– Ayda

"Though I haven't worked alongside Vanessa for long and never met her in person, I really appreciated her warmth and humor from my start with Good Counsel. She has obviously been an incredible asset to the organization, using her legal knowledge, dedication, and friendly personality to help Good Counsel succeed."

– Carrie

"I'm a little sad that I didn't get to work with you as much during the past few weeks but I am inspired by your confidence, attitude, and work ethic. The only time we ever got to do a one-on-one was during my interview but it was that specific interview that made me want to join Good Counsel. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope we can keep in touch!"

– Mo

"Thank you for helping me move into my position so easily. Whenever I was confused about anything, whenever I needed clarification, I went to you and you were so helpful and gracious. You really are an inspiration to me and I loved working with you. I am so looking forward to seeing what you do next because I know it will be amazing and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you again"

– Jasmine

“Although I didn’t have the opportunity to work much with Vanessa directly since I started in June, my interactions with Vanessa really made me feel welcome and supported at Good Counsel. From the screener interview with her, I could tell she cared a lot about the organization and was warm and open. Vanessa’s demeanor and passion for the organization was a huge part of why I came to Good Counsel.”

– Giulio

“Vanessa was always so helpful and kind to me. She was always very responsive, professional, and funny! I am sure she’s going to be a tremendous asset to any organization she joins.”

– Sue

“From my first time meeting Vanessa, she exuded kindness and a laid-back attitude. Vanessa’s demeanor was always a breath of fresh air when it seemed like work was piling on. She always made herself available as a resource and was always looking for ways for us to get engaged with the work we are doing. A big thank you to Vanessa for fostering such a welcoming work environment. I’m sure she’ll do great things as a lawyer.”

– Leander

"Although I joined Good Counsel in Vanessa's last few months, it was obvious that she has contributed a lot to GCS through her magnanimity and familiarity with legalities. Unrelated, I love her shaved head: she and Mia are now twins and every day my urge to shave my head grows stronger."

– Heidi

"I can't thank you enough for showing me the ropes at Good Counsel, and for the unreal amount of kindness and understanding you had shown me during my time working there as an intern. I really would not have been any good at my internship without your guidance and I can only hope that someday, in the distant future, I can embody the same patience that you have shown with me. 

Even though it feels like a million years ago, I genuinely had a really amazing experience working with you, and I'm sure that you will be immensely successful with anything you pursue because your dedication to helping people and showing others sincere kindness is superhuman.

Really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for showing me the way at GCS, for making yourself available to me, and for being so understanding of the things I had to work through. Without your support in managing the assignments we got, I can pretty confidently say that I don't pass the last semester at BLS. 

From our interview to the very last day we got to work together, learning from you has been an incredibly rewarding experience. 

Also, you are hands down the nicest person I ever met. Like, for real, you are the kindest human being I know."

– Khondker

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