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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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Every day is "Law Day" for Ralph Engle

Ralph Engle is on a mission.

As a regular volunteer with the Common Ground Legal Clinic, which provides legal services to the Common Ground homeless shelter in Pontiac, Engle has developed a great appreciation for the importance of giving back.  On his own, he takes one or two cases from the clinic each month, and has already donated more than 200 hours of service.

But perhaps more importantly, he has developed a knack for helping other lawyers understand the importance of pro bono, and has successfully recruited many of his colleagues to join him. As a result of his efforts, the clinic has greatly expanded its legal services to include assistance with family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, and wills and trusts matters.

Engle, too, has expanded his efforts, recently gathering his colleagues and holding a "Law Day" event in downtown Pontiac. Through this event, they were able to provide free legal advice and assistance to approximately 50 people, while also giving away school supplies to Pontiac school children.

Engle said that, by providing legal services to Pontiac citizens in need, he is not just helping them, but he's helping the city as well.

"I believe in Pontiac," he said. "In order for Oakland County to get back on its feet, Pontiac has to get back on its feet."

Engle's work is a huge step in that direction.

— Benjamin Ensroth

Do you have a Pro Bono or Community Service story to share?
it today to be included in our "A Lawyer Helps" story bank.

Ralph Engle
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