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pro bono service

For the Public Good

For Dykema lawyers Heidi Naasko and James Cameron, pro bono is more than just a professional obligation, it's a way of life.

Earlier this year, their dedication was recognized as each received a Pro Bono/Public Service Award at the Washtenaw County Bar Association 3rd annual Bar Revue & Silent Auction. The award recognizes attorneys and organizations who have made a significant contribution to pro bono or public service work.

Naasko has infused pro bono into her life as part of Dykema's national Pro Bono and Diversity Counsel, and has helped drive the firm's reputation as a leader in pro bono service, setting an example and encouraging other attorneys to get involved in this important work. Her contributions include spearheading a Crisis Clinic for Detroit-based nonprofits in need of legal assistance, as well as the firm's Free Legal Aid Clinic, which provides free legal services to parents of middle and high school students in the Ferndale Public Schools to help remove barriers that might impede the students' education.

She also finds time to maintain a vigorous poverty law practice, aiding unaccompanied immigrant children who are the victims of human trafficking, training other attorneys who want to work with abused and neglected immigrant children, and assisting domestic violence survivors in a variety of matters. In addition, she is a volunteer member of the State Bar of Michigan's Pro Bono Initiative, where she has been instrumental in helping increase the number of pro bono events held during Pro Bono Month.

Meanwhile, Cameron, who has been a highly successful commercial litigator with Dykema for over three-and-a-half decades, was recognized for his extraordinary efforts in the area of education. In addition to litigating numerous commercial and constitutional cases for public school districts and public universities, he has served on a wide range of organizations dedicated to education, including the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation (former director and chair), the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission (former member and chair), and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education (former trustee). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the EMU Foundation, which manages funds for Eastern Michigan University.

Cameron has also brought his legal expertise to bear in other community organizations, including the Board of Trustees, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals for Scio Township, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, and the Washtenaw County Circuit Court Mediation Panel.

Pro bono publico, or, "for the public good," is truly a way of life for these two dedicated lawyers.

—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.

Nathan Dupes
Heidi Naasko & James Cameron



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