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They solve legal problems, provide free legal help to
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Stepping Up for the U.P.

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.

For over 10 years, Radke has provided essential pro bono service to the residents of northern Michigan. On her own, she handles at least one or two domestic relations cases per year. But she also works closely with LSNM on a variety of other cases and initiatives.

One of those initiatives is the LSNM's Internet Project, which makes it possible for northern Michigan residents who can't travel for in-person legal counseling to get legal advice via the Internet. Thanks to this project, Radke is able to advise another five to eight people—who wouldn't otherwise have access to her—each month.

Radke also stepped up when LSNM lost an attorney in its Escanaba office, taking part of the caseload at less than a third of her regular rate.  Meanwhile, she didn't miss a beat below the bridge, staying involved with the State Bar of Michigan as a member of the Board of Commissioners (and former chair of the Representative Assembly from 2010-2011), and providing northern Michigan with a strong voice in the legal community.

—Benjamin Ensroth

Do you have a Pro Bono or Community Service story to share?
it today to be included in our "A Lawyer Helps" story bank.

Victoria Radke
Victoria Radke



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