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ATJ Award Winner

Michael Chielens

Pro Bono Service

Michael Chielens spent his entire career helping those with nowhere else to turn. He carried with him a tremendous passion for helping the poor, wore his heart on his sleeve, and pulled no punches when it came to advocating for those in need. And he balanced this with a keen sense of humor and wonderful zest for life.
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ATJ Award Winner

Holli J. Wallace

Pro Bono Service

Rosa Parks famously said, "I sat down to stand up for courage." Those words drove Holli J. Wallace to do the same. Upon graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2004 and entering the practice of law, Wallace quickly realized that her true calling was helping others who could not help themselves.
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ALH Awards

Pro Bono Service Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our 2014 State Bar of Michigan Award winners, including the following:

Champion of Justice: DeBoer v. Snyder plaintiff legal team
Champion of Justice: Michael Pitt
Cummiskey Award: Susan Kornfield
Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Thomas McNeill


From Briefs to Belts

Michael Williams

Pro Bono Service

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.
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