Michigan Indian Legal Services awarded $181,084 Pro Bono Innovation Grant

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) recently announced that Michigan Indian Legal Services will receive a $181,084 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant. LSC’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund is intended to encourage and expand pro bono efforts and partnerships to serve more low-income clients.

Michigan Indian Legal Services will use the grant to increase access to high-quality legal assistance for Native populations residing throughout the state. The goal is to recruit late career and retired attorneys to offer community legal education on critical topics, to provide direct representation to individuals, and to mentor Michigan Indian Legal Services’ junior staff attorneys to build the organization’s capacity to serve clients.

"We are grateful to Congress for establishing and increasing support for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund,” said LSC President Jim Sandman. “These grants stimulate more participation by pro bono volunteers. They enhance public-private partnerships, leverage the federal investment in civil legal aid, and allow our grantees to reach more people in need of civil legal assistance.”

Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) applauded the grant:

“Legal Services Corporation plays an integral role in providing legal assistance to underserved communities throughout the country,” said Rep. Lawrence. “I am thrilled to see the Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) receive a Pro Bono grant for FY 2019 to ensure they can provide their clients with the high-quality legal services they deserve. These crucial funds will give MILS’ attorneys the resources necessary to train and expand outreach for its clients across the state.”

Michigan Indian Legal Services is one of 14 recipients of grants from LSC’s $4.5 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive program that invests in projects that identify and promote replicable innovations in pro bono for low-income legal aid clients. This is the sixth year LSC has awarded Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation provides funding to 132 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.