Program educates community about legal issues

 The Sinas Dramis Law Firm, in partnership with the Michigan Association for Justice and Wayne State University Law School, will offer “The People’s Law School" classes beginning Sept. 9. 


Held over seven consecutive weeks every fall, the People’s Law School has educated thousands of Michigan residents regarding the legal system that governs our lives. 

“People’s Law School is meant to educate our community about important legal issues,” says Stephen Sinas, attorney at Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing. “We welcome all members of the greater Lansing area to attend People’s Law School so they can better understand their rights and how our legal system works. We are very excited about our line-up of speakers this year.”

Since it was founded in 1951, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm has demonstrated a genuine commitment to improving the quality of life in the greater Lansing community, according to Sinas. This tradition of community service began in the early 1950s when Thomas G. Sinas and his partner, Lee C. Dramis, were confronted with an unusual circumstance at year’s end. A client of the law firm, a fruit and vegetable vendor, was unable to pay his bill for legal services. Therefore, instead of money, he offered to give the Sinas Dramis Law Firm a truckload of bananas. The offer was accepted by Tom Sinas and Lee Dramis, who then borrowed the client’s truck and distributed the bananas, without charge, to needy families in the Lansing area. The event immediately caught the attention of the local newspaper, which ran a story about the charitable efforts of the two young attorneys.

The faculty for the People’s Law School is comprised of justices, judges, elected officials, seasoned attorneys, and law professors, and allows students an opportunity to engage with some of the best and brightest the Michigan legal community has to offer. Each week features a new speaker who has shown a commitment to excellence in his or her specific legal field. Discussions range from practical advice in areas such as Michigan no-fault and family law, to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court and the cutting-edge topics that shape our worldview and define our nation. 

Mary Pollack, a former student of the People’s Law School says, “I attended People’s Law School and am going to go again this year because of the quality of the speakers and range of hot topics. You can get a crash course in a legal subject in just a couple hours from respected sources. I highly recommend it for everyone regardless of education level.” 

The People’s Law School is a seven-week program open to the community and provides an opportunity for non-lawyers to learn about the legal system. Classes typically include a lecture followed by a question and answer session. The People’s Law School is held each week starting on September 9 from 7-9 p.m. and finishing on October 21. The cost is $25 for the seven-week session or $7 for each individual class.

To register, send an e-mail to jamestuck@michiganjustice.org or mail a check payable to James Tuck Memorial Fund – 6639 Centurion Drive, Ste. 120 Lansing, 48917. For questions, visit the Michigan Association for Justice at www.michiganjustice.org or call Kristi at 517-321-3073.

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People’s Law School classes

9/09 Michigan Automobile No-Fault Law—George T. Sinas, attorney at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm.

9/16 Implications of the Affordable Care Act—Stephen H. Sinas, attorney at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm.

9/23 Family Law—Ingham County Circuit Judge Laura Baird and Jackie Dupler, attorney at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm.

9/30 Homeland Security & Immigration—General Mike McDaniel, Michigan National Guard Brigadier General.

10/07 Election Law—Dean Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University Law School.

10/14 Capital Punishment in America—Professor Kathy Swedlow, Cooley Law School.

10/21 History of Negligence Law in America—Professor Charles Palmer, Cooley Law School.

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