A law firm is partnering to provide pro bono services at dispute resolution centers across the state.
Detroit-based Dickinson Wright, which operates offices across the nation and state, including Grand Rapids, and Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan in Lansing, or RSCCM, said last month that they have established a pro bono mediation collaboration with 18 Community Dispute Resolution Program, or CDRP, centers in Michigan.
While the CDRP centers are operated independently with their own boards of directors, they are under the supervision of the Office of Dispute Resolution of the State Court Administrative Office, according to Kelly Durso, marketing manager, Dickinson Wright.
Each CDRP center provides legal services to clients in several areas, such as civil, domestic, elder and special education.
RSCCM acts as one of the state’s CDRP centers and provides mediation services for several communities in Ingham County: Clinton, Isabella, Gratiot, Ingham, Eaton and Shiawassee.
Five of the state’s other CDRP centers are located within West Michigan: Citizens Mediation Service, St. Joseph; Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, Grand Rapids; Gryphon Place, Kalamazoo; Mediation and Restorative Services, Muskegon; and Mediation Services, Holland.
Mediation for the public good
Through the partnership with the RSCCM, Dickinson Wright attorneys will donate their time and expertise in mediation to help clients at CDRP centers for free.
The attorneys will perform the pro bono work under the guidelines of Dickinson Wright’s pro bono committee.
Sherry O’Neal Taylor, pro bono coordinator for Dickinson Wright, said the firm is committed to supporting and engaging in pro bono activities and providing representation in the state for the public good.
“The collaboration with RSCCM gives our attorneys the opportunity to give back to their communities,” O’Neal Taylor said. “We are excited to begin this partnership and assist individuals who cannot afford legal services in attaining solutions to their legal issues.”
The firm supports a number of pro bono projects, and RSCCM indicated it is pleased the firm has chosen CDRP centers as one of them.
RSCCM said it looks forward to “a long and mutually beneficial collaboration” with Dickinson Wright.
Dickinson Wright, founded in 1878, has four other offices in Michigan: Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Saginaw.
The firm has more than 400 attorneys in 14 offices across the country: Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona and Washington D.C. It also has a location in Toronto.
As a general practice business law firm, Dickinson Wright offers services in 40 practice areas.