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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Pro Bono Initiative—More Info

 

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

 

Stepping Up for the U.P.

Victoria Radke

Pro Bono Service
Featured Story

With only 486 attorneys in the entire Upper Peninsula, the need for pro bono service in this part of the state is especially acute. It's also the reason why the work done by Victoria Radke and Legal Services of Northern Michigan (LSNM) is so important.
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Every day is "Law Day"

Ralph Engle

Pro Bono Service
Featured Story

Ralph Engle is on a mission. As a regular volunteer with the Common Ground Legal Clinic, which provides legal services to the Common Ground homeless shelter in Pontiac, Engle has developed a great appreciation for the importance of giving back. On his own, he takes one or two cases from the clinic each month, and has already donated more than 200 hours of service.
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more than a minivan

Chris Bernard

Pro Bono Service
Featured Story

To Mr. L, his minivan was everything. It was his home, his shelter, and his only source of transportation. So when it broke down, he took it to the repair shop, hoping the repairs would be minor. They weren't. And because he couldn't afford to pay, the repair shop deemed it abandoned, the police impounded it and issued papers allowing the towing company to "scrap" it, and Mr. L was homeless. That's when Chris Bernard stepped in.
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