Through the State Bar of Michigan’s Access to Justice program, attorneys can help to improve legal access for low-income people in
“Not everyone in the state can afford to access the courts through an attorney, or even navigate the courts,” said Lesa Smith, program coordinator for the State Bar of Michigan. “This allows for dollars to go to the programs which have staff attorneys that are working pretty much pro bono.”
Those requirements can also be achieved through a $300 gift to the Access to Justice endowment fund, which may help attorneys who don’t have the time to commit to pro-bono efforts, Smith said.
“I believe that it allows the attorneys to show that they have another way that they can spread their expertise,” Smith said. “They’re in the practice of law to help folks.
“It’s a great reflection on the whole practice of lawyering, which allows all individuals, regardless of race, creed or income, to have access to the court.”
The Access to Justice program has three corporate receptions throughout the state during the year, including the West Michigan Corporate Reception in Support of Access to Justice on March 22 at the Peninsular Club in
Smith said that during 2005,