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Stepping Up for the U.P.

Victoria Radke

Pro Bono Service

With only 486 attorneys in the entire Upper Peninsula, the need for pro bono service in this part of the state is especially acute. It's also the reason why the work done by Victoria Radke and Legal Services of Northern Michigan (LSNM) is so important.
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Every day is "Law Day"

Ralph Engle

Pro Bono Service

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.
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more than a minivan

Pro Bono Service

To Mr. L, his minivan was everything. It was his home, his shelter, and his only source of transportation. So when it broke down, he took it to the repair shop, hoping the repairs would be minor. They weren't. And because he couldn't afford to pay, the repair shop deemed it abandoned, the police impounded it and issued papers allowing the towing company to "scrap" it, and Mr. L was homeless. That's when Chris Bernard stepped in.
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Necessity is the mother of invention

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Pro Bono Service

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen Legal Clinic, which was born to serve the needs of metro-Detroit's 35,000 homeless people, has enabled dozens of low-income people to recieve free, high-quality, and much-needed legal assistance.
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