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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


Expungement Fair

Delta Sigma Theta Expungement Fair

Pro Bono service

On Feb. 21, 2015, the Delta Sigma Theta Detroit Alumnae Chapter Social Action Committee hosted an expungement fair at its headquarters in Detroit. Of the approximately 800 participants who attended, about 400 were eligible for completion of forms and instructions. There were 30 attorneys who volunteered their services.
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Diaper Drive

Genesee County Diaper Drive

Community Service

The Genesee County Bar Association (GCBA) Family Court Committee and Community Action Committee sponsored a diaper drive from December 1 through January 22. When the curtains were parted at the Flint Masonic Temple during the GCBA's January 26 meeting, fluffy offerings spread from one side of the stage to the other. "I'm not surprised by the response," said Barb Dawes, chairperson of the Family Court Committee. "Genesee County attorneys are very generous with their time and money. This is a perfect example of what our attorneys do for the community."
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Awards and Honors

Richard Gianino and Ellisse Thompson

Award Winners

Plunkett Cooney attorneys Richard Gianino and Ellisse Thompson recently received the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for their stellar work in securing lifetime disability benefits for a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient.
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