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Lawyers make a difference for people and for society.
They solve legal problems, provide free legal help to
the poor, and give time to many other community efforts.

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Lawyers Give Services

Pro Bono Initiative

Lawyers volunteer to provide free legal services to low-income families or nonprofit agencies who serve those in need. It is one way to fulfill the duties in the Pro Bono Standard.

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Lawyers Give Money

Access to Justice Fund

Lawyers make donations to the Access To Justice Fund to support civil legal aid for the poor. It is one way to meet obligations under the voluntary Pro Bono Standard.

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Lawyers Give Time

Volunteer Services

In addition to giving pro bono legal services to the poor and monetary donations for legal aid, many lawyers also give time to other community efforts.

Read Stories of Lawyers Volunteering Pro Bono and Community Services

Asher's Donation

Anthony A. Asher

Pro Bono Service

Anthony A. Asher's generous $500,000 donation to his alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (UDM), helped the school raise old Engine No. 2 Firehouse (located across the street from the school) from the ashes, figuratively speaking, and make it the new home of the George J. Asher Clinical Law Center.
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Michigan patent project

Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project

Pro Bono Service

The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and the Pro Bono Initiative have partnered to establish the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project, which will provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income clients in need of help in patent cases.
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No Compromises

Emiko Hayashi

Pro Bono Service

For Emiko Hayashi, pro bono is personal. Hayashi provides her pro bono clients with the same level of personal service, and the same amount of respect, as any paying client. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that she went above and beyond for a client she received from the State Bar of Michigan's Tax Pro Bono Referral Panel Program.
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