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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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The Mission of the Pro Bono/ Public Service Committee is to contribute to pro bono legal work and public service consistent with ACC Michigan Chapter's mission. The committee does this by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono and public service efforts of in-house legal departments in the State of Michigan. Specifically, this can occur through: 

  • Providing, organizing, and facilitating pro bono legal work and public service opportunities or ACC Michigan members.
  • Directing budgeted ACC Michigan funds to pro bono legal and public  service organizations whose work is consistent with the mission of ACC Michigan and its members.
  • Some combination of any or all the above.

The time commitment of Committee members can be as much or as little as desired or possible. It is recognized that pro bono work can be most effective when tied to a person's interest and capability. Past projects include: 

  • Publicizing pro bono legal work and public service opportunities that may be of interest to ACC Michigan members.
  • Liaison with Michigan Community Resources for individuals pro bono opportunities serving Michigan non-profit corporations.
  • Periodically working with Michigan Community Resources to Sponsor a 1/2 day legal services clinic for non-profit corporations.
  • Creating and directing a program to issue ACC Michigan budgeted grants to pro bono legal and public service organizations.

Interested in Sharing Pro Bono Opportunities with ACC Michigan members?

Click here for the submission form.

 


Pro Bono Grant Application

Deadline is June 30. 2022

Consistent with ACC’s operating value of encouraging public and pro bono service, ACC Michigan desires to contribute to other organizations and events that provide a service to the community.
 
The Board has adopted a grant policy and implementing guidelines that seek to further these goals based on ACC’s mission and other operating values. Potential grants will be evaluated based on this policy, considering both the interests of our members and the value to the grant applicants. 
 
Organizations or ACC Michigan members acting on behalf of an organization, who are interested in securing one or more grant opportunities, should submit the grant application. Following submission, the Executive Director will notify the applicant whether they have been awarded a grant.

If you have an interest in applying for the available 2022 grants, please submit your application today!

Submit Your Application Today!   Submit Your Application (PDF) 

 


Pro Bono and Community Service Opportunities

Legal Aid and Defender Association:

  • Help prevent evictions and homelessness.  Your help is need for the LADA 36th District Court Virtual House Counsel Docket Coverage from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Pick a morning or afternoon docket session on a day(s) of your choice.  On behalf of LADA, at the designated court docket session, you will meet with potential new clients and gather their personal information, facts of the case and advice.  If you want to represent on a case, then that opportunity is always available.  All first hearings are only pre-trials and will be rescheduled for a later date.  So there is not too much pressure on a first hearing case.  Virtual training will be provided on Tuesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00-4:30 p.m.  If you are interested, please email Caroline Bermudez Jomaa at cbjomaa@ladadetroit.org

Lakeshore Legal Aid Virtual Pro Bono Activities:

  • Pro Bono Family Law Hotline Project - experienced family law attorneys provide advice and brief service to clients on our hotline, Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 - 1:00. Sign Up Here

  • Eviction Project – various needs across Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne county. 

  • Direct Representation – Family Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning.

  • Expungement advise and brief service virtual clinics and direct representation at hearings. 

For more information regarding current and upcoming volunteer opportunities please visit https://lakeshorelegalaid.org/pro-bono-legal-services/
or contact Michelle Erickson 

 

Michigan Immigrant Rights Counsel - Afghan Refugees Asylum

MIRC is putting together clinics to get Afghan refugees apply for asylum both in West and East Michigan.

Three ways to volunteer:

  • Help at organized workshop/clinic
  • Take on an individual case
  • Mentor an inexperienced attorney (if you have asylum experience)

Malpractice insurance provided and training offered in advance - no prior experience required.

Limited representation commitment - 1/2 to 1 day commitment for the workshops/clinics.

Translation will be offered.

This is going to be an ongoing need. 

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