State Bar to Launch Pro Bono Fairs in October


Michigan attorneys will soon get many new opportunities to learn about and connect with legal services organizations in their communities and to explore volunteer possibilities. This October, the State Bar of Michigan's Pro Bono Initiative will launch its first ever Michigan Pro Bono Fairs to coincide with Pro Bono Month.

"These fairs are a practical and efficient way for attorneys to learn more about legal service organizations and the programs they offer that help thousands of people in Michigan who are in urgent need of civil legal aid," said State Bar President Julie I. Fershtman. "The need has clearly grown as funding for legal services has been dwindling. And although Michigan's legal community has been generous with its time and financial support, more help is needed. I urge all Michigan attorneys to seriously consider attending one of the four statewide pro bono fairs in their area."

2011 Michigan Pro Bono Fairs Schedule

Oakland & Macomb Pro Bono Fair
4:30—6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Auburn Hills Campus
2630 Featherstone
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
For more information contact Dionnie Wynter at (248) 751-7800, Ext. 7742.

Detroit Pro Bono Fair
4:00–6:40 p.m. Oct. 11, 2011
Dykema Gossett
Renaissance Center
Tower 400, 23rd Floor
Detroit, MI 48243
For more information contact Heidi Naasko at (734) 214-7710.

Grand Rapids Pro Bono Fair
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 2011
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Grand Rapids Campus
111 Commerce Ave. S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For more information contact Karen Rowlader at (616) 301-6800, Ext. 6708.

Lansing Pro Bono Fair
4:00–6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2011
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Lansing Campus
300 S. Capital Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
For more information contact Dionnie Wynter at (248) 751-7800, Ext. 7742.

Attorneys attending the pro bono fairs are under no obligation to take a case or to make a time commitment. The fairs are meant to be a chance to learn more, network with colleagues, and to consider news ways to provide pro bono services.