Access to Justice Campaign donations top $1.2M

The Access to Justice Campaign is thanking the Michigan Legal Community for its support for civil legal aid programs in Michigan.

The ATJ Campaign is a collaborative centralized campaign, administered by the Michigan State Bar Foundation in partnership with the State Bar of Michigan, to increase resources for 14 regional and statewide civil legal aid programs in Michigan.

All of the funds raised are distributed to the legal aid programs to ensure Michigan’s low-income residents have a fair chance when accessing the civil system.

The Results

In 2023, the campaign raised over $1.2 million from law firms, corporate legal departments, and individual attorneys.  

Notably, 43 law firms earned a place on the Leadership Firm list, reserved to recognize firms with two or more attorneys donating a minimum of $300 per attorney.

“The generosity of the legal community continues to further our mission of ensuring access to justice for all,” said Craig Lubben, board president of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for the support of our donors.

“We ask for their help in educating their spheres of influence that contributing to the campaign is a way to advance this critical mission”

2023 Recognition List

Each year, the campaign publishes  Recognition Lists to acknowledge all donors to the campaign.

The lists showcase the following donors:

• Leadership Firms: All firms of two or more that give at a minimum of $300 per attorney

• Law Firms and Corporate Legal Counsel: Law firms and Corporate Legal Departments are recognized on a tiered list based on total amount given, including both individual gifts and firm/corporation gifts.

For a firm to be included on the list, a minimum contribution of $1,000 is required

• Individual Donors: Individual donors and Solo Practitioners are recognized on a tiered list based on the amount given.

If the individual is from a firm, the firm will be soft credited for the donation. A minimum contribution of $300 is required to be included on the list

• Cy pres Awards

• Gifts in honor of or in memory of

This year’s lists will be featured in the April edition of the Michigan State Bar Journal and can also be accessed on the Campaign’s website,

The Michigan State Bar Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization, established in 1947 and provides leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system, including support for civil legal aid to the poor, law-related education, and conflict resolution.

The Foundation administers the Access to Justice Campaign. More information about the Foundation can be found at

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