Attorneys

While it may seem there is a lack of pro bono opportunities for business attorneys, the need for your help is great. Your skills and expertise are essential to helping nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and improve quality of life in low-income communities.

There are many ways in which you can make a meaningful impact with Michigan Community Resources, including through direct referrals, clinics, publications, and workshops for nonprofit organizations. Our attorneys come from a variety of backgrounds, from large law firms to solo practitioners, from in-house counsel to legal aid organizations.

Find out how business attorneys can make a positive impact on Michigan communities!
Contact our legal team at legal@mi-community.org or (313) 962-3171 (x101).

Direct Referrals

We provide business attorneys with pro bono opportunities that make a positive impact on low-income communities.  We vet the matters, protect attorney time, and ensure a quality volunteer experience that meets State Bar pro bono requirements.

Below is a sampling of matters that pro bono attorneys have worked on:
  • Supporting a youth literacy organization with its employment policies
  • Assisting a social enterprise with corporate formation strategy and implementation
  • Helping a senior daycare nonprofit to draft its liability waivers
  • Working with a nonprofit co-working space on real estate agreements
  • Assisting a community development corporation with its trademark and IP
  • Helping a nonprofit that works with asylum seekers on immigration matters

Clinics

In addition to providing direct referrals, pro bono attorneys can volunteer legal support on a one-time basis during our legal clinics. MCR hosts legal clinics periodically throughout the year with partner law firms, corporations, and nonprofit partners throughout the state.  Past clinics have been held in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Detroit. If your company or organization would like to sponsor a legal clinic, please contact us at legal@mi-community.org.

Publications

We release and update our legal publications periodically. This is another great opportunity for attorneys to lend their expertise, or in some cases, to learn about a new area of law. You can review our previous legal publications here. If you are interested in assisting MCR in creating important tools and publications for the Michigan nonprofit community, please contact us at legal@mi-community.org.

Workshops

MCR hosts workshops throughout the year, often in conjunction with our nonprofit partners. Our workshops are a great way for lawyers to disseminate important information to the nonprofit community as well as to provide nonprofits with access to experts in the field. If you or your organization is interested in hosting a legal workshop, please contact us at legal@mi-community.org.

Below are examples of past and future workshops:
  • Real Property 101 (with the Real Property Law Section of the SBM)
  • Political Do’s and Don’ts (with Miller Canfield)
  • FOIA Workshop for Nonprofits (with Detroit Free Press)
  • Check-up: Assessing Your 501(c)(3)’s Health


If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities to serve nonprofits, 
please contact us at legal@mi-community.org or (313) 962-3171 (x101).


Client profile: WOmen Who Weld

Women Who Weld is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches women how to weld and find employment in the welding industry. MCR connected Women Who Weld to attorneys from four major law firms to meet multiple legal needs ranging from drafting employee and volunteer agreements to registering intellectual property.

Executive Director Samantha Farr describes her experience:
“MCR was instrumental in referring Women Who Weld to outstanding pro bono attorneys who helped compose and review several essential legal documents for our nonprofit organization. MCR remained engaged and responsive throughout the process. It was a pleasure working with MCR in this capacity and we are greatly appreciative of their support and the work they do!”

Pro bono attorneys empower not only the organizations they support, but also the people and communities those organizations serve. Please contact us at legal@mi-community.org or (313) 962-3171 (x101) to learn more about how you can support deserving nonprofits like Women Who Weld!


Attorneys: We Need Your Support!

Michigan Community Resources participates in the Access to Justice Campaign and encourages your 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 seven regional and eight statewide civil legal aid programs in Michigan, including Michigan Community Resources. 100% of your donation will be distributed to support civil legal aid to the poor throughout Michigan.

Visit www.atjfund.org to learn more!


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