Michigan Community Resources provides an array of services to support organizations that serve low-income communities. Our flagship program is the Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program. This leverages the support of volunteer business attorneys to provide transactional legal services to qualified nonprofits. Since inception in 1998, we have served over 4,200 nonprofits with free legal assistance valued at approximately $25 million.
In addition to our services for nonprofits, through support from JPMorgan Chase, MCR added a special pilot program in 2020 to meet some of the legal needs of community-based small businesses, which contribute greatly to enriching the fabric of Detroit communities.
For more information on our legal programs and opportunities to volunteer, please contact Maureen Krasner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: COVID-19 VIRTUAL LEGAL CLINIC
Michigan Community Resources is offering qualifying nonprofits and small businesses free 45-minute consultations with pro bono attorneys who can help answer legal questions in certain areas to help them respond appropriately to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Attorneys will offer guidance to nonprofit leaders and small business owners and answers to legal questions in areas most likely to arise as a result of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. These include leasing, contracts, nonprofit governance, privacy/cyber security, as well as grants and loans through various federal, state, and local programs and other transactional issues. To volunteer please complete the Attorney Registration Form.
MCR is deeply grateful to our pro bono partners for their unwavering support and collaboration in launching this much needed initiative. Thank you for supporting metro Detroit’s most vulnerable communities and helping nonprofits and small businesses navigate the impact of COVID-19. Many partners are participating, but we particularly thank project launch and management partners Miller Canfield and Lawyers for Good Government, as well as launch partners Bodman, Dykema and Honigman.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Michigan Community Resources participates in the Access to Justice (ATJ) Campaign and encourages attorney support through the ATJ Fund.
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 civil legal aid programs in Michigan. 100% of attorney donations will be distributed to support civil legal aid throughout Michigan.
MCR is a member of Exponentum, a national network of business law pro bono providers dedicated to improving the quality of life in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Exponentum partners include: