William Booth Legal Aid Clinic partners with Detroit Mercy Law to establish family law clinic

The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic (WBLAC) in Detroit has partnered with the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Law to create a family law clinic that will assist indigent families and individuals with navigating the often complicated terrain of the legal system.

“William Booth Legal Aid Clinic will have staff on hand every Thursday from noon to 2pm at the Third Circuit Court in downtown Detroit to help indigent clients with their legal issues related family law” said WBLAC Director Amy M. Roemer. “This partnership with UDM is an extension of an outreach program first started by WBLAC in 2012.”

WBLAC attorneys will supervise second and third year law students enrolled in the Detroit Mercy Law family law clinic in various phases of the legal outreach program. According to Roemer, the clinic will combine classroom instruction, client interaction and courtroom experience in giving aspiring attorneys a multi-faceted understanding of family law as it applies to real-world situations.

“This new program is a win-win for everyone involved on many levels,” said Roemer. “It allows the WBLAC to assist an underprivileged population find just solutions and closure, increase docket efficiency for the county and expose law students to first-hand experience with the court system.”

Established in 1994, The Salvation Army’s WBLAC handles many areas of practice and offers quality, efficient, cost-free legal services for those in financial distress.

The WBLAC relies on private donations from the public, law firms, corporations and foundations to carryout its mission of helping the disadvantaged with their legal issues.

Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit helped provide 3,319,840 meals and 737,388 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses 85 cents of every dollar raised to give direct services to people in need each and every day of the year.
For more information about the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, call (313) 361-6340.

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