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Programs Eligible to Receive Pro Bono Donations

Make Your Annual Pro Bono Donation through the Access to Justice Fund

    Every attorney who did not perform at least 30 hours of Pro Bono work is encouraged under the State Bar's Voluntary Standard for Pro Bono Participation to use the Access to Justice Fund to donate at least $300 to an eligible Pro Bono organization. The Bar requests that all funds (even those designated for individual programs) be donated to the ATJ Fund—having the funds come through a single source permits the Bar to leverage large gifts for statewide services.

    The Access to Justice Fund (ATJ Fund) does not provide legal services, but it distributes contributions to Michigan legal service providers as designated by the donor, or, if not designated, on a grant basis to legal service providers throughout the state. Any program listed below as eligible to receive Pro Bono contributions can be designated to receive an operations gift through the ATJ Fund. These gifts may be eligible for a federal tax deduction. Programs followed by an * accept designated endowment gifts in addition to designated operations gifts. A general permanent endowment fund is available for undesignated gifts to support needs throughout the state. By making a donation, you can help meet the enormous need for legal services for the poor and satisfy your Pro Bono obligation. Please for more information or to donate online.

Programs Eligible to Receive Pro Bono Contributions

    The programs listed below have been certified as eligible to receive donations that satisfy the Voluntary Standard for Pro Bono Participation. Each organization is, or has, a nonprofit program which has been organized for the purpose of delivering civil legal services to low-income individuals or organizations. Programs that wish to receive contributions must submit an application to the Pro Bono Involvement Committee. The committee then determines eligibility based on established criteria and policies. However, the committee's determination that a program is eligible does not mean that the committee supports or endorses that program or shares any ideological goals that program may have. Such a determination means only that, based in part upon representations received from the program, the organization appears to meet the eligibility requirements. Additional programs are eligible to receive Access to Justice Fund designations and a complete listing can be found at

    Margaret A. Costello, Co-Chair, Pro Bono Initiative
    Robert F. Gillett, Co-Chair, Pro Bono Initiative

    American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan
    60 W. Hancock St.
    Detroit, MI 48201-1343
    (313) 578-6800
    Bay Area Women's Center
    P.O. Box 1458
    3411 E. Midland Rd.
    Bay City, MI 48706
    (800) 834-2098
    (989) 686-4551
    Center for Civil Justice
    320 S. Washington, 2nd Fl.
    Saginaw, MI 48607
    (989) 755-3120

    *Community Legal

    220 Bagley Ave.
    900 Michigan Bldg.
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 964-4130
    Counsel & Advocacy Law Line
    16130 Northland Dr.
    Southfield, MI 48075
    (248) 443-8068
    Detroit Metropolitan Bar Ass'n—Volunteer
    Legal Services

    645 Griswold, Suite 1356
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 961-6120

    *Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. (Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors)
    221 N. Pine St.
    Lansing, MI 48933
    (517) 372-5959
    or (800) 347-5297
    First Step Legal
    Advocacy Project

    26650 Eureka Rd., Ste. E
    Taylor, MI 48180-4835
    (734) 955-3850
    Toll Free: (888) 453-5900
    24-Hour Help Line
    or (734) 459-5900 (Local)
    *Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.
    5435 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 831-3444

    Freedom House
    2630 W. Lafayette
    Detroit, MI 48216-2019
    (313) 964-4320
    P.O.Box 431045
    Pontiac, MI 48343-1045
    (248) 334-1284
    International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.
    111 E. Kirby
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 871-8600

    Lakeshore Legal Aid
    803 Tenth Avenue, Suite C
    Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 985-5107
    *Legal Aid & Defender Ass'n, Inc. (LAD)—Civil Law Group
    645 Griswold, Ste. 2400
    Detroit, MI 48226-4201
    (313) 964-4111
    *Legal Aid of Western Michigan
    89 lonia, NW, Ste. 400
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 774-0672
    or (800) 442-2777

    Legal Assistance Center
    Kent County Courthouse
    180 Ottawa Ave., N.W., Suite 5500
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2751
    (616) 632-6014
    *Legal Assistance Program of Macomb County—Dept. of Senior Citizen Services
    Robert A. VerKuilen Bldg.
    21885 Dunham Rd., Ste. 9
    Clinton Township, MI 48036-1028
    (586) 469-6406
    *Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
    436 S. Saginaw St.
    Flint, MI 48502-1818
    (810) 234-2621
    or (800) 339-9513

    Legal Services of Northern Michigan
    806 Ludington St.
    Escanaba, MI 49829
    (906) 786-2303
    Toll Free: (888) 786-2303
    *Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Inc.
    420 N. Fourth Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 665-6181
    Michigan Indian Legal Services
    814 S. Garfield Avenue, Suite A
    Traverse City, MI 49686-3430
    (231) 947-0122
    or (800) 968-6877

    *Michigan Legal Services, Inc.
    220 Bagley Ave.
    900 Michigan Bldg.
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 964-4130
    Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Inc.
    648 Monroe, NW, Ste. 318
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 454-5055
    *Michigan Poverty Law Program
    611 Church Street, Suite 4A
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000
    (734) 998-6100

    Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.
    4095 Legacy Parkway, Ste. 500
    Lansing, MI 48911
    (517) 487-1755
    or (800) 288-5923
    Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Clinical Law Programs—Rental Housing and Tax Clinics
    541 E. Grand River Ave.
    P.O. Box 310
    East Lansing, MI 48826
    (517) 336-8088
    Midland Alliance for Justice
    P.O. Box 121
    Midland, MI 48640-0121
    (989) 430-0460

    Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan
    104 Lothrop Ave.
    Detroit MI 48202
    (313) 874-5820
    Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic
    3737 Lawton
    Detroit, MI 48201
    (313) 961-6340
    Sixty Plus, Inc.—Elderlaw Clinic
    300 S. Capitol Ave.
    P.O. Box 13038
    Lansing, MI 48901-3038
    (517) 334-5760

    Student Advocacy Center
    2765 Boardwalk
    Balas 3 Bldg.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 222-5443
    Underground Railroad, Inc.
    P.O. Box 2451
    Saginaw, MI 48605
    (989) 755-0413
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics
    651 E. Jefferson
    Detroit, MI 48226-4386
    (313) 596-0262

    University of Michigan Law School Clinical Law Program
    363 Legal Research Bldg.
    801 Monroe St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
    (734) 763-4319
    *Women's Justice Center
    615 Griswold, Ste. 1520
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 962-4945

    Donate now and support these programs!



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