LEGAL RESOURCES
Mesothelioma Lawyer Center
Website: http://www.mesotheliomalawyercenter.org
Comprehensive information on mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases for victims
and their loved ones, including legal options.


The Michigan Legal Help Website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal
problems without a lawyer. There are helpful articles you can read to learn about a specific area of
the law and toolkits and checklists to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Automated
forms can be completed when you answer simple questions. If you need more help, you can search
for a lawyer or community services in your area.   Website:  www.michiganlegalhelp.org


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is offering FREE legal services to Veterans!  The law
school will travel this summer and fall in an RV-turned-office to make house calls rather than asking
the veterans, many of whom have disabilities, to travel to downtown Detroit for their services. 
Call 313-596-0262
The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law ALSO offers the following legal clinics:
The Urban Law Clinic
The Immigration Law Clinic
The Mobile Law Office
The Appellate Advocacy Clinic
The Criminal Law Clinic
The Environmental Law Clinic


Thomas Cooley Law School 
Lakeshore Legal Aid--Cooley Law School Family Collaborative
2630 Featherstone 
Auburn Hills MI 
Phone: 248-335-0125
Provides free legal help to low-income residents of Oakland County. Call ahead to determine eligibility! 
Deals primarily with family law / domestic violence issues.


Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service Inc.
4095 Legacy Parkway, Suite 500
Lansing, MI  48911
Phone:  800-288-5923
Email:  molson@mpas.org
Website: http://www.mpas.org
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas:  Disability rights, HIV/AIDS rights, Children's Disability and
Special Education rights, Employment rights, Housing Rights, abuse & neglect, Social Security benefits.


Michigan Legal Services
900 Michigan Bldg. 220 Bagley
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone:  313-964-1140
Services Offered:
Legal assistance to address causes of poverty for SEMI-poorest residents including access to income
support, food, utility, emergency and housing assistance, health and mental health care.


South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc.        JUST ADDED 12/22/2013
26641 Lawrence
Center Line, MI 48015
Phone: 586-756-1350
Email: Semii1975@yahoo.com
Website:  www.semii1975.org
Assistance with locating resources or providing direct services with legal services, chore services,
applying for the bridge card through MICAFE, tax assistance, utility assistance, transportation, food,
home repairs, Medicare D and many others.


Monroe County Senior Legal Services
1126 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe MI 48161
Phone:  734-241-7644
Services Offered:
Assists with civil legal problems such as housing, Medicaid, Medicare, income maintenance, administrative
& governmental issues, wills, deeds, power of attorney for seniors 60+ residing in Monroe County.


Elder Law of Michigan Inc. / Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors
3815 W. St. Joseph   Suite C-200
Lansing MI  48917
Email: info@elderslaw.org
Website: www.elderslaw.org
Provides free legal advice and information to Michigan residents age 60 and older.  After a call is made
to the hotline, an attorney will call back within 2 business days.  There are no legal fees although donations
are accepted.


Monroe County Legal Services of South Central Michigan
1118 S. Telegraph
Monroe MI  48161
Phone:  1-888-251-1598   Information:  734-241-8310
Services Offered:
Free legal service for qualified individuals and families who have low-incomes. Provides services in the following
legal areas:  Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Home Ownership, Probate, Guardianship, Consumer, Health Law.


American Civil Liberties Union Fund of MI
60 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone:  313-578-6800
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas:  Constitutional issues, Freedom of Speech, Due Process,
Privacy issues.


Federal Civil Pro Bono Project
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Services
645 Griswold   Suite 1356
Detroit MI  48226
Phone:  313-961-6120   Lawyer Referral:  313-961-3545
Website:  www.detroitlawyer.org
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following legal areas:  Civil law, Employment Discrimination, Prisoner Civil Rights,
Provides client meeting location.


The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
3737 Lawton
Detroit MI  48208
Phone:  313-361-6310
Website: www.usc.salvationarmy.org
Services Offered:
Provides free legal services to people who are pre-screened and referred to them by the Eastern Michigan
Division of The Salvation Army in the following areas:  Divorce/Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Public Benefits
and Entitlements, Juvenile/Guardianships, Immigration, Child/Spouse Abuse, Traffic Offense, Criminal.


First Step Legal Advocacy Project
44567 Pinetree Dr.
Plymouth, MI  48170
Phone:  1-888-453-5900
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following areas:  Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault.


Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.  (FLAC)
5435 Woodward Ave.
Detroit MI  48202
Phone:  313-831-3444
Services Offered:
FLAC's purpose is to render legal assistance to low-income and indigent residents of Wayne County.


West Side Mothers Welfare Rights Organization
23 E. Adams
Detroit MI  48226
Phone:  313-964-3980
Services Offered:
Provides services in the following areas:  Social Security Hearings, FIA Hearings


NLS / Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice (Guild Law Center)
733 St. Antoine, 3rd Floor
Detroit MI 48226
Phone:  313-962-6540
Website:  www.sugarlaw.org
Services Offered:
Plant Closings (WARN Act), Poverty Rights, Environmental Justice, Economic Rights and Living Wage.


Common Ground Sanctuary
1410 S. Telegraph (at Orchard Lake Road)
Bloomfield Twp.  MI  48032
Phone:  Crisis Line  248-456-0909  OR  800-231-1127


Elder Advocacy & Legal Services
12121 Hemingway
Redford MI  48230
Phone: 313-937-8291
Services Offered:
Legal services to persons 60 years of age and older who reside in Wayne County.  Elder Abuse services,
Caregivers Legal Services, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.


Disability Advocacy
104 Lothrop Landing
Detroit MI  48202
Phone: 313-874-5820 ext. 2211 OR 877-774-8946
Services Offered:
Administrative advocacy for individuals who are in need of representation to secure their Social Security
benefits.  Services on a reduced fee basis with payment required only if a favorable decision is rendered.


Jeanne A. Carpenter
Website:  www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsylegal/index.cfm
For those that have been discriminated against due to having epilepsy.


American Friends Service Committee
Ann Arbor MI
Website: www.afsc-lgbt.org
For those who need advice (legal or otherwise) regarding Michigan lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
issues affecting them, contact the Inclusive Justice Program.


Christian Legal Aid of Southeast Michigan
Phone: 313-393-2930
Provides free legal counsel and referral.


Ann Arbor Dispute Resolution Center
110 N. Fourth Avenue  Suite 100
Ann Arbor MI  48104
Phone: 734-222-3725
Non-profit, volunteer-based community organization, partly funded by the Michigan State Court Administrative
Office (SCA).  One of 25 SCAO-funded centers in Michigan that offer low-cost mediation services as an alternative
to court. They help individuals, businesses and organizations in Washtenaw County peacefully resolve conflicts
in such areas as Landlord/Tenant disputes, Neighbor/Neighbor disputes, Family disputes, Workplace disputes, Consumer/Business & Business/Business disputes and School Issues. 


Ann Arbor Mediation Center
330 East Liberty  Suite 3A
Ann Arbor MI  48104
Phone: 734-663-1239
Alternative to the often adversarial approach of a courtroom.  Specializes in divorce and custody mediation
but other services may be available.  This may provide cheaper, alternative means to end disputes.


Justice Project Outreach Team  (J-PORT)
110 N. Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor MI  48104
Phone: 734-222-3750
A Washtenaw County program that provides supports to individuals who are involved with the justice system
and need mental health assistance, both in the jail and in the community.


SAFE House
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor MI  48105
Phone: 734-995-5444
Provides free services for any person victimized in an intimate relationship who lives or works in
Washtenaw County.


Legal Services of South Central Michigan
1118 A South Telegraph
Monroe MI  48161
Phone: 734-241-8310  OR  888-251-1598
Website: www.lsscm.org 
Private non-profit organization that provides free legal advice and representation to low-income persons
and senior citizens (regardless of income) in certain civil legal cases.  LSSM uses federal income-eligibility
limits (125% of federal poverty level) to determine income eligibility.  Some limited waivers are permitted.


The Michigan Poverty Law Program  (MPLP)
220 East Huron Street   Suite 600A
Ann Arbor MI  48104
Phone: 734-998-6100
Website:  www.mplp.org
Part of the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project and an Immigrant Rights Center. 


Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti  MI  48197
Phone: 734-482-0489
Assists the families of public school children, K-12, who are eligible for regular and special education
services to resolve school-related problems and offers non-legal advocacy.  No fee.


Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy
1100 North Main  Suite 205
Ann Arbor  MI  48104
Phone:  734-662-1256
An advocacy organization to improve the lives of persons with developmental disabilities, as well as persons
with other mental or physical disabilities.  Free services for those who qualify.



ANIMAL/PET LAWS & ADVOCACY

Animal Legal and Historical Center
Website: www.AnimalLaw.info
Animal Law archives compiled by the Michigan State University College of Law


State Bar of Michigan
Website: www.MichBar.org/animal
Provides information and resources about the practice and study of Animal Law as well as current legislation.


Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team  (S.M.A.R.T.)
Website: www.AnimalRights.Meetup.com/4
A local network for activists campaigning against cruelty to animals.



CRIME VICTIM ADVOCACY

104 Lothrop Landing
Detroit MI 48202
Phone:  313-874-5820 ext. 2216
Financial assistance for crime victims
Assistance with completing victim compensation claims and filing of personal protection orders (PPO's)
Civil legal representation
Criminal justice support
Information and referrals for families
Follow-up safety communications




FREE LEGAL CLINICS!

Every Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at 1410 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Twp., attorneys offer FREE legal consultation
in these sessions sponsored by Common Ground SanctuaryCrisis  intervention, counseling and free referrals
for domestic cases, are available.  No free representation.  Contact: 800-231-1127.  First come, first served; call
ahead to check available openings.


The Help Desk
Oakland County Courthouse (lobby of the north entrance)
1200 N. Telegraph
Pontiac MI
The Help Desk is open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in the lobby of the north entrance of the Oakland
County Courthouse.  Help is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can learn how to file motions,
seek return of drivers licenses, expungement of criminal records, etc.


Elder Law & Advocacy Center offers "FIRST TUESDAYS"
The First Tuesday of Each Month at 2 p.m.
Redford Community Center
12121 Hemingway
Redford MI
Phone: 313-937-8291
Guidance from experienced Legal Staff includes:
Guardianships/Conservatorship
Wills/Trusts
Nursing Home/Assisted Living/Senior Housing
Powers of Attorney
Medicaid/Medicare
School Enrollment
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Also provides FREE legal and community information, assistance and referrals to family and other caregivers
and recipients of care.  Also FREE to seniors 60 and older.  However, the agency must prioritize to persons
with the greatest economic or social needs first.


The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Phone: 248-335-0125
Offers an Estate Planning Clinic with Lakeshore Legal Aid at Cooley's Auburn Hills campus, 2630 Featherstone
Road, to Oakland County residents 60 years and older and asset-eligible. 
Call the above number for more information.


The Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP) is a collaborative program between Lakeshore Legal Aid and the Thomas
M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills campus.  FLAP offers legal services to low-income Oakland County residents
at no cost, counseling clients, preparing legal pleadings and representing them in the Oakland County Circuit Court
on family law issues ranging from divorce to personal protection orders.  FLAP accepts prospective applicants every other Wednesday at the Oakland County Law Library, located in the Oakland County Circuit Court, 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac.  For information go to www.oakgov.com/lawlib  OR  call 248-335-0125. 




GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER LEGAL RESOURCES

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Legal Hotline  (for older adults)
Phone: 1-877-GLBT-LAW
Website:
A program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.


Discrimination:
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
Phone: 313-578-6812
Website:  www.aclu.org


Hate Crimes, Advocacy & Social Action:
Triangle Foundation
Phone: 313-537-3323 x 14
Website: www.tri.org


GLBT Domestic Violence:
Lakeshore Legal Aid
Phone:  888-783-8190
Website: http://lakeshorelegalaid.org



NATIONAL RESOURCES:

Lambda Legal
Phone:  312-663-4413
Website:  www.lambdalegal.com,

PFLAG National Office
Phone: 202-467-8180
Website: www.pflag.org

National Center for Lesbian Rights
Phone: 415-392-6257
Website: www.nclrights.org

Transgender Law & Policy Institute
Email: info@transgenderlaw.org
Website:  www.transgenderlaw.org













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