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Pro Bono Service

Capuchin Soup Kitchen Legal Clinic Steps Up, Fills the Gap

Necessity is the mother of invention.

This concept certainly applies to the recently launched Capuchin Soup Kitchen Legal Clinic, which was born to serve the needs of metro-Detroit's 35,000 homeless people.

The clinic, a collaboration between Bodman PLC and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK), was born in February in response to the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) clinic's hiatus, which left the local homeless population with nowhere to turn for legal assistance.

According to the CSK volunteers and the Bodman attorneys who staffed the new clinic for the first month, the need was obvious as word spread quickly and lines began to form. Since then, the clinic was opened to all attorneys who want to volunteer. Attorneys from Dykema, Kitch, and Dickinson Wright staffed the clinic in March and April 2014, while attorneys from Jaffe, Ford, and Clark & Schoenbeck, as well as additional Bodman attorneys, have committed to volunteer during the remainder of the spring and summer.

The clinic is held twice a month on Thursday mornings. Volunteer attorneys are on hand to consult with CSK guests about their legal issues. The topics addressed range from outstanding tickets to child support issues, employment matters, obtaining birth certificates and IDs, and landlord-tenant issues.

In just a few short months, the CSK Legal Clinic has enabled dozens of low-income people to receive free, high-quality, and much-needed legal assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering at the CSK Legal Clinic, please contact: Kim Paulson, Bodman PLC, at (313) 392-1068 or

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it today to be included in our "A Lawyer Helps" story bank.

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