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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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"The people we need to care about the most are the people probably unable to ever give anything back to us in return." Michael Williams

For Michael Williams, pro bono means more than simply providing free legal services. It means helping a human being in need, and never expecting anything in return. That's his philosophy on life, and on the practice of law.

Williams started his law firm with the belief that every person deserves the right to excellent and affordable legal services. He was always determined to ensure that his clients got the representation they needed, even if it meant reducing his fee, or even eliminating it all together.

The more free legal work Williams did, the more he appreciated the need. As a result, he started volunteering at the Christian Legal Aid Clinic in Detroit, and eventually opened his ownthe Military Avenue Christian Legal Aid Clinic. And, of course, he didn't limit his services to legal aid. He also provided food, and anything else his clients needed.

In fact, a man once entered the clinic looking not for legal services, but for a belt so that his pants would stay up.  Williams, without a second thought, got into his car, drove to a nearby store, and bought the man a belt.  That's just the kind of person he is.  He gets it, and he doesn't want or expect anything back.

"The people we need to care about the most are the people probably unable to ever give anything back to us in return," he said.

That's the case in life, and in the law.

—Benjamin Ensroth

 

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