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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


Righting a Wrong

Mary Mansfield

Pro Bono Service

One would think that it would be relatively easy to change a death certificate that was incorrectly marked "divorced" when a couple was indeed married, but in reality it is not a simple matter. Mary Mansfield took on the challenge to help a disabled veteran prove he and his wife were married at the time of her death, which made him eligible for pension benefits.
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Bodman Provides Meals

Bodman Employees at Gleaners

Community Service

The shelves at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan are a little bit fuller these days, as are the bellies of thousands of hungry Michiganders, thanks to the generosity of Bodman employees.
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Finding Freedom

Marcy Hahn

Pro Bono Service

Marcy Hahn is passionate about helping abused immigrant women get their lives back together. And she's good at it. Every year, thousands of women come to the United States on fiancée or student visas hoping for a better life. Unfortunately, their sponsors or "partners" don't always make it easy.
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