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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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Lawyers Give Services

Pro Bono Initiative

Lawyers volunteer to provide free legal services to low-income families or nonprofit agencies who serve those in need. It is one way to fulfill the duties in the Pro Bono Standard.

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Lawyers Give Money

Access to Justice Fund

Lawyers make donations to the Access To Justice Fund to support civil legal aid for the poor. It is one way to meet obligations under the voluntary Pro Bono Standard.

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Lawyers Give Time

Volunteer Services

In addition to giving pro bono legal services to the poor and monetary donations for legal aid, many lawyers also give time to other community efforts.

Read Stories of Lawyers Volunteering Pro Bono and Community Services


Breaking Down Barriers, Pro Bono Style

Alecia M. Ruswinckel

Alecia M. Ruswinckel

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Bodman attorney Nathan Dupes and Rhadika Sarkar, a law student from Notre Dame Law School, helped a pro bono client get his juvenile criminal record expunged so he could move forward with his new life as a positive and productive member of society.
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Cummiskey Pro Bono Award Winner

Robert Mossel

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Not long after America's automobile manufacturers retooled their operations to remain profitable, Robert Mossel embarked on a similar undertaking within the Ford Motor Company legal department. Mossel, Ford's pro bono chairman, spearheaded an effort to refocus the program to better address community needs and determine how the corporation's 85 in-house attorneys could use their skills to have the greatest impact on the state.
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Above & Beyond the call of duty

Alecia M. Ruswinckel

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Lansing attorney Alecia M. Ruswinckel goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to pro bono legal work. That's why teaming up with Thomas M. Cooley's Service to Soldiers program made perfect sense.

The program pairs pro bono lawyers with military service members who need help but cannot afford it. Some cases are more complicated than others, including Ruswinckel's latest case involving a soldier who returned from overseas to a difficult divorce and custody action.
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