Pro Bono Gateway
Due to current closures and restrictions, please contact organizations directly to confirm that clinics/events are moving forward as planned.
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Pro Bono Awardees are Detroit Bar members who contributed 30 hours of pro bono work from November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020 by volunteering for the Detroit Legal Services Clinic or for one of the many pro bono opportunities listed on the Detroit Bar Repository. Awardees receive a certificate and an electronic badge that can be used professionally on their website, business cards, etc. They are also recognized at the annual Archer Award Gala in November.
The Detroit Bar Association does not provide any legal services and is not responsible for any acts, errors or omissions occurring during the rendering of any pro bono services through any of the agencies participating in the repository, and volunteer attorneys are advised to verify that their professional liability insurance covers any potential claims or that the participating agency provides professional liability coverage for the volunteers providing pro bono legal services through the programs of the participating agency.
Sign up to volunteer on your own time with our new Detroit Bar Association Virtual Legal Clinic starting in January!
Here’s the form to complete: Detroit Legal Services Virtual Clinic Attorney Volunteer Registration Form.
Through referrals from the Detroit Bar website, our collaboration with the Wayne County Third Circuit Court Family Division, the 36th District Court and other organizations, potential clients will be directed to complete an online intake form identifying their legal issue. The Detroit Bar Detroit Legal Services Clinic (DLSC) will then provide the information from the intake to you, as a volunteer attorney, so you can reach out to the client to schedule a virtual consultation.
Virtual consultations can be scheduled in the evenings, on weekends, or at any mutually convenient time for you and the client. The consultations can be held via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, phone, email or text, and should last no more than one (1) hour. We do ask that you complete a brief online summary of the service provided, similar to the in-person clinics, to assist the DBA in continuing to improve the DLSC.
This clinic is advice and counsel only, and you will have access to various resources to assist you during your consultation.
The Detroit Bar needs you, our community needs you, volunteer now!
313-961-6120 ext. 210
FOR CLIENTS: Click here to schedule a virtual legal consultation.
http://michiganlegalhelp.org/self-help-tools (Michigan Legal Help -- self-help resources by legal topic)
(State of Michigan Vital Records Office)
Landlord-Tenant FAQs and Reminders (Word Document)
ictcourt.org/ (36th District Court, which includes online case search which shows all types of cases, including traffic and parking tickets)
https://www.3rdcc.org/ (Wayne County Circuit Court)(allows access to Friend of the Court information, case search, and forms)
http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/forms/pages/search-for-a-form.aspx (compilation of Michigan approved court forms)
Volunteer Training Session #1:
Your Guide to Friend of Court Services & Procedures / Passcode: #DetBar21
Docket Directive 2013-26 Domestic Relations Actions (PDF)
2021 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual and Supplement (PDF)
Detroit Bar Association Lunch & Learn Volunteer Series: How to Navigate the Wayne County Friend of the Court (PDF)
Voluneer Training Session #3 Documents:
Understanding the Covid Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program Webinar
CERA Powerpoint Presentation
Volunteer Training Session #6 Documents
"Consumer Protection/Debt Collection Issues" Training Recording
Debt Collection Suits Handout
Eviction Cases - Help Needed!
To volunteer, contact Michelle Erickson
313-242-0811 Ext. 1303
- United Community Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services hotline: 313.355.3352
- Lakeshore Legal Aid hotline: 888.783.8190
- Legal Aid and Defender: 313.967.5800
- Michigan Department of Human Services:
- Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency: 313.388.9799
- United Community Housing Coalition: 313.355.3352
ADM File No. 2020-08 (PDF)
CERA FAQs (PDF)
CERA Guidance (PDF)
American Bar Association Coronavirus (COVID) Task Force resource materials:
State Bar of Michigan Covid-19 Rapid Response Helpline
Provides pro se litigants advice on a variety of issues in all Wayne County Courts. Clinic is conducted on the last Tuesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the 13th Floor of the Penobscot Building. The Detroit Bar Association provides lunch and free parking.
313-961-6120 ext. 210
Lakeshore Legal Aid is a not-for-profit law firm providing legal representation for qualifying low-income people in Family Law, Consumer, Housing, Estate Planning, Expungements and Driver’s License Restoration.
313-242-0811 Ext. 1303
Lakeshore is seeking volunteer attorneys to assist with eviction cases in the 36th District Court in Detroit. When the eviction moratorium is lifted and courts begin to hear cases remotely, we expect to be inundated with cases and clients who need representation. With the high volume of cases expected, we need volunteers to provide legal advice, negotiate on behalf of clients, and provide direct representation.
In preparation for this work, please complete a series of three webinars designed to prepare you for
- Eviction Defense Representation,
- Working with Poverty Clients, and
- Representing Clients in Zoom hearings.
The trainings are accessible on our portal, along with a wide range of other resources to assist you. Once you confirm your ability to assist the link to the portal along with the login information will be sent to you.
Please confirm your ability to commit to assisting us with our efforts, including whether you are available for in-person hearings, remote representation, or both by responding to Michelle Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time it is unclear how 36th District Court plans to reopen and whether or not it will include in person hearings. We will take all measures necessary to ensure the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff during this time.
We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Since 2003, the Committee on Justice Initiatives (CJI) has continued to promote the effective delivery of high-quality legal services to all Michigan citizens, reducing barriers to the justice system so that it is strong, equal, and fair. The many accomplishments of the CJI over the past 14 years are the result of hard-working volunteers, dedicated to access to justice for all.
Pro bono attorneys can assist with providing initial advice and brief service at LAD’s office on a variety of legal civil matters and/or at outreach clinic. LAD provides direct hands on training, mentoring and support for all attorney volunteers.
Caroline Bermudez Jomaa
Phone: (313) 967-5636
Provides free and low cost mediation and facilitation and relies on volunteers in many cases.
The WCDRC is in need of civil mediators to assist with busy court dockets in Wayne County, particularly at the 36th District Court. Volunteer engagements are currently being conducted using Zoom Videoconferencing. Domestic mediators needed for divorce cases, also being conducted on Zoom. Contact Zeina Baydoun via email for more information.
Zeina Baydoun, Executive Director WCDRC
313-561-3500 ext. 311
Helps low income taxpayers resolve their disputes with the IRS through written and telephone advocacy. Our pro bono attorneys respond to audits, file appeals, advocate for collections alternatives and represent clients before the U.S. Tax Court.
Access Community Health and Research CEnter is sponsoring two new programs where volunteer attorneys are needed.
Victims of Torture Program - an intense outpatient mental health progam that helps survivors integrate back into their communities.
Victims of Crime Act Program - proivides services and assistance to more than 2500 victims since 2007, helping with mental health recovery.
Legal services for both programs include general legal advice and assistance in completing forms. Issues may include immigration, social security disability divorce and applying for victims compensation.
Volunteer attorneys will be provided training.
This is an ongoing opportunity. Please contact Meredith Steih
313-550-2293 for further scheduling information.
ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) has been serving the community for more than 47 years. Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant population adapt to life in the United States. ACCESS’ ability to assist, improve, and empower those in need rests with the support of the community.
(CSK) Legal Clinic provides an opportunity for guests of CSK to meet one-on-one with attorneys to address the legal issues contributing to their homelessness. The CSK Clinic takes place at 1264 Meldrum in Detroit on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The mission of First Step is to eliminate both domestic and sexual violence and to provide comprehensive services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence can receive First Step services such as emergency shelter, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, medical, housing, and legal advocacy, and referrals. Legal clinics and direct referrals are available for First Step clients. All of First Step's services are free, comprehensive, confidential, and accessible through First Step's 24-Hour Helpline at 734-722-6800.
Community Response Program Coordinator
Community Response Program Coordinator
Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Guided by our belief that all persons deserve to live free from oppression and to be treated with justice, compassion and dignity, we offer a continuum of care and services to our residents as well as to other refugees in need. We advocate for systemic change that more fully recognizes the rights of asylum seekers.
2630 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216-2019
Marie Nelson, Senior Attorney
(313) 964-4320 x 16
The International Institute is dedicated to working with foreign-born and with all Americans in the constant task of solving social problems, acculturation, education and acceptance.
Recurring need every Thursday at 111 E. Kirby for experienced volunteer immigration attorneys for our walk-in immigration legal services.
(313) 871-8600 ext. 229
The Joseph Project is a nonprofit organization that
connects human trafficking survivors with pro bono legal
services. It is inspired by the Biblical account of one of
history's earliest recorded survivors, who transitioned
from exploitation to empowerment.
Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. (LA SED) has served residents of Southwest Detroit since 1969. LA SED assists people of all ages with variety of services. . At LA SED, we believe that by work together we can make a difference.
4138 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209-2145
Founded by the Mack Avenue Community Church in 2010, MACC Development is one of the most innovative nonprofits in Detroit. MACC Development exists to seek the holistic revitalization of Detroit’s 48214 zip code, block by block, neighbor by neighbor.
7900 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
Michigan Community Resources provides an array of services to support organizations that serve low-income communities. Our flagship program is the Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program. This leverages the support of volunteer business attorneys to provide transactional legal services to qualified nonprofits.
The Ruth Ellis Center is a Detroit area social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Among their services are a drop-in center, Street Outreach Program, transitional living programs, and emergency housing shelter.
77 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203-3127
Phone: (313) 252-1950
The Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center provides free and low-cost legal services to those who can least afford them. Issues include immigration, family, landlord, traffic and others.
Southwest Legal Clinic - 2826 Bagley, Detroit
Wednesday noon - 7:00 p.m.
Eastside Legal Project - 15491 Maddelein St., Detroit
Thursday - noon - 5:00 p.m.
For more information go to: www.detimmigrantcenter.com
To volunteer go to: email@example.com or call 313-437-1550
The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and support to poor and working people on important societal issues with national impact.
Offers assistance for parties without attorneys. Must apply through website:
Melanie Beyers: (989) 894-8853
Suzanne Hert: (989) 894-8850
Limited scope legal services provided to low-income litigants representing themselves in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Federal pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Please contact Nicholas Schroeck to sign up.
The YWCA Interim House’s Mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by helping them to realize the ability to control their lives. This includes legal advocacy referrals