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Detroit Mercy Law’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic receives award

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic was awarded the 2020 Ilene and Michael Shaw Public Service Award from the National Federal Bar Association Sept. 8. This national award recognizes the work that recipients do in and for their community.

The award was presented via Zoom during the meeting of the United States Eastern District of Michigan Judges. Local Federal Bar Association President Fred Hermann presented the plaque commemorating the award.  Eastern District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood invited Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, Nicholas Schroeck, Associate Dean of Experiential Education, Barb Patek, Federal Pro Se Clinic Director, and Rebecca Simkins Nowak, Director of Clinical Operations and Outreach, to each remark about the receipt of this award.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious national award in recognition of the service that the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic provides for our community,” commented Schroeck. “Professor Patek and the students work hard to provide the best legal assistance possible to litigants in need of help and guidance.”

Detroit Mercy Law’s Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic began in 2018. The Clinic operates out of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. A part-time staff attorney and up to eight students provide limited scope legal assistance to indigent and low-income non-prisoner pro se litigants at no cost.


Law firms Hickey, Hauck, Bishoff & Jeffers and Seabolt Law Firm announce merger

Detroit-based Hickey, Hauck, Bishoff & Jeffers PLLC, and Livonia-based Seabolt Law Firm PC have merged their law firms. Effective Sept. 1, the combined firm began operating as Hickey, Hauck, Bishoff, Jeffers & Seabolt, PLLC (“HHBJS”).

The merger of the two firms, both of which independently built strong litigation and business counseling practices, results in a firm with ten attorneys with plans for further growth.

HHBJS member Patrick Hickey said the experience and resources of the firm underscore its standing as a go-to litigation law firm for clients across Michigan.

“Our attorneys look forward to offering our clients additional experience and an expanded range of legal services,” said Hickey.

HHBJS provides legal solutions to clients in a number of areas, including automotive supply chain counseling and litigation; privately held business disputes; employment, trade secret and non-compete counseling and litigation; class actions; insurance and ERISA disputes; contract disputes; U.C.C. sales disputes; healthcare industry disputes; internal investigations; construction litigation; manufacturers sales representative disputes; and mediation and arbitration services.

“We learned through years of working together—both as allies and adversaries—prior to the merger that our attorneys, practices, and approach to the practice of law are complementary, so we determined that uniting our firms made great sense,” said Scott Seabolt.


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