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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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Inspiring Stories of Service

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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


A Day of Service

Tony Jenkins

Pro Bono Service

The State Bar of Michigan is asking lawyers to make Martin Luther King Day 2015 more than just another federal holiday. In honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr.—whose message and acts of non-violent protest shifted the conscience of a nation and ushered in a sea of change in public discourse on America's racial divide, economic justice, and human rights—the Bar is calling on lawyers to dedicate this day to helping someone in need through pro bono or community service. Make it a "day on, not a day off."
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Pro Bono Month

Pro Bono Month

Pro Bono Service

For the sixth year in a row, the State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) sponsored Pro Bono Month in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Week celebration, a national recognition of pro bono activities. Pro Bono Week was first celebrated in 2005 in Chicago. It has since become an annual occasion, celebrated across the United States.
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Asher's Donation

Anthony A. Asher

Pro Bono Service

Anthony A. Asher's generous $500,000 donation to his alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (UDM), helped the school raise old Engine No. 2 Firehouse (located across the street from the school) from the ashes, figuratively speaking, and make it the new home of the George J. Asher Clinical Law Center.
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