Duly Noted

State Bar recognizes pro bono heroes

The Pro Bono Initiative of the State Bar of Michigan has recognizes the following firms and corporations as members of its Pro Bono Circle of Excellence.

The Leadership level indicates 100% aggregate contributions at the recently amended Voluntary Standard level of 30 hours or $500 per attorney average in financial donations.

The Excellence level designates those who have reached 100% aggregate contributions at the original Voluntary Standard level of 30 hours or $300 per attorney average in financial donations.

Large firms at the Leadership Level: Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC; Bodman PLC; Butzel Long; Clark Hill PLC; Conlin, McKenney &Philbrick, PC; Dickinson Wright PLLC; Dykema; Foley & Lardner LLP; Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Hooper, Hathaway PC; Miller Canfield; Miller Johnson Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, PC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Rhoades McKee PC; Thrun Law Firm, PC; Varnum LLP; and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Small firms at the Leadership Level: Bos & Glazier; Buckles & Buckles, PLC; Curtis & Curtis PC; Garris, Garris, Garris & Garris, PC The Googasian Firm PC Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman PLLC; Kline Legal Group; Muth Law, PC; Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC; Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC; Soble Rowe & Krichbaum; Thomas, Garvey, Garvey & Sciotti, PLLC; and Velzen, Johnsen & Wikander, PC.

Both corporations designated were at the Leadership Level: DTE Energy Company and Ford Motor Company.

Large firms at the Excellence Level: Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC; Fraser Trebilcock; Howard and Howard; Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC; Price Heneveld LLP; Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, PC; and Willingham & Cote?, PC.

Small firms at the Excellence Level: Alane & Chartier, PLC; Dodge & Dodge, PC; Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC; Hubbell DuVall, PLLC; McGarry Bair PC; Parsons Law Firm PLC; Glenn A. Saltsman, PLC; Schmick Law Offices, PC; Verspoor Waalkes PC; and Willis Law.

Note: Circle of Excellence data is based on a calendar year to better align with the Access to Justice Fund. Applications for the 2017 Circle, celebrating pro bono participation for calendar year 2016, will be available in March 2017.