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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


Incubator Program

Incubator Program

Pro Bono Service

On Oct. 1, 2014, The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law took a significant step toward the future of legal education with the launch of its new Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program (SSFIP). The SSFIP is designed to help recent graduates learn the skills necessary to grow and sustain a solo practice while also encouraging pro bono service. Despite its very recent launch, the program already houses four recent graduates. Two of them have teamed up on an immigration law practice, while the other two are developing a criminal law practice and a family law/mediation practice respectively.
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Challenges and Rewards

Peter Conway

Pro Bono Service

Peter Conway knows how difficult it is for solo practitioners to squeeze pro bono work into their busy schedules, especially challenging pro bono work. That's because Conway, a veteran solo practitioner who specializes in family law matters, is always giving back, and always going the extra mile. Conway is a "regular" at Lakeshore Legal Aid and Lapeer Area Coalition Against Domestic Assault, a local domestic violence shelter, where he handles domestic relations cases pro bono. To date, he has donated approximately $20,000 worth of legal services, although it's hard to place a value on the work he's done.
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A Day of Service

Tony Jenkins

Pro Bono Service

The State Bar of Michigan is asking lawyers to make Martin Luther King Day 2015 more than just another federal holiday. In honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr.—whose message and acts of non-violent protest shifted the conscience of a nation and ushered in a sea of change in public discourse on America's racial divide, economic justice, and human rights—the Bar is calling on lawyers to dedicate this day to helping someone in need through pro bono or community service. Make it a "day on, not a day off."
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