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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.

Access to Justice Fund—More Info


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


ATJ Award Winner

Michael Chielens

Pro Bono Service

Michael Chielens spent his entire career helping those with nowhere else to turn. He carried with him a tremendous passion for helping the poor, wore his heart on his sleeve, and pulled no punches when it came to advocating for those in need. And he balanced this with a keen sense of humor and wonderful zest for life.
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ATJ Award Winner

Holli J. Wallace

Pro Bono Service

Rosa Parks famously said, "I sat down to stand up for courage." Those words drove Holli J. Wallace to do the same. Upon graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2004 and entering the practice of law, Wallace quickly realized that her true calling was helping others who could not help themselves.
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Award Honorees

ALH Awards

Pro Bono Service
Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our 2014 State Bar of Michigan Award winners, including the following:

Champion of Justice: DeBoer v. Snyder plaintiff legal team
Champion of Justice: Michael Pitt
Cummiskey Award: Susan Kornfield
Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Thomas McNeill


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