Fair connects lawyers with opportunities


 Cooley Law School hosted the State Bar of Michigan’s “Pro Bono Fair 2011: Connecting Lawyers with Opportunities” program on Thursday, Oct. 6, at its Auburn Hills campus.  

State Bar Pro Bono Counsel Rob Mathis and State Bar President Julie Fershtman delivered remarks. 

“Michigan’s legal community has been generous with its time and financial support but more help is needed,” noted Mathis.  “The attorneys here tonight are under no obligation to take a case or make a time commitment.  They’re just here to learn about the legal services organizations, network with colleagues, and consider new ways to provide pro bono service.”

Attorneys who attended the program learned about legal service organizations and how their particular talents can be utilized to benefit the underserved in their communities as the need for legal services has grown while funding has diminished.  

A total of 17 organizations staffed tables at this event, including Access to Justice Fund, Advocates International, American Civil Liberties Union, Christian Legal Aid of Southeast Michigan, Common Ground, Community Legal Resources, Family Law Assistance Project FLAP-Oakland County, Freedom House, HAVEN, Lakeshore Legal Aid, Legal Aid and Defender Association, Macomb County Senior Citizens Legal Assistance Program, Oakland County Law Library, Oakland County Bar Association Pro Bono Mentor Match Program, Cooley Service to Soldiers Program, Cooley Pro Bono Junior Associate Program, and Counsel and Advocacy Law Line.  

Forty prospective pro bono volunteer attorneys attended the event, which was sponsored by Dickinson Wright.

Photos by John Meiu


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