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The Detroit Bar Association Foundation

The Detroit Bar Association Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Its mission is:

To improve and facilitate the administration of justice in Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan;

  • To facilitate programs that help meet the legal needs of the under-served community in Detroit and to ensure to the fullest extent possible that legal services are available to all members of the public without regard to race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, veteran status or economic circumstances and without regard to any additional characteristic that may, from time to time, be protected from discrimination by law;
  • To provide educational opportunities for the public regarding their legal rights and responsibilities as well as other subjects related to the law and justice system; and
  • To foster and maintain the reputation, honor and integrity of the profession of law.
    Among the programs conducted by the Foundation are the Detroit Legal Services Clinic, and the School Partnership Program (with the Detroit Bar Barristers Section)

Foundation Trustees

  • Ray Carey, Co-Chair
  • Hon Robert Colombo, Jr., Co-Chair
  • James Rosenfeld,
  • Eric Abramson
  • Alan Ackerman
  • Thomas Bishoff
  • Michael Butler
  • Cindy Chiara
  • Wendy Clouse
  • Bill Colovos
  • Phyllis Crocker
  • Sarah Cylkowski
  • Daniel Dulworth
  • Zenna Elhasan
  • Hon Russell Ethridge
  • Sean Fraser
  • Donn Fresard
  • Hon. Adel Harb
  • James Hermon
  • Ven Johnson
  • Michelle Johnson Tidjani
  • Hon Timothy Kenny
  • Brian McKeen
  • Paul Millenbach
  • Robert Murkowski
  • Ryan Plecha
  • James Robb
  • Scott Seabolt
  • Dan Shirey
  • John Sier
  • Joanne Swanson
  • Louis Theros
  • David Winter
  • Erica Shell, Ex Officio (Barristers Section President)
  • Julie Van Hove, Interim Executive Director

Support Programs

To support the Foundation’s Access to Justice program, the School Partnership Program and Law Day, you can make a donation here to the Detroit Bar Association Foundation.

For Michigan attorneys, your donation can satisfy the State Bar’s pro bono commitment.