January 28, 2019

NOTICE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the recent government shutdown and our desire to be sensitive to our constituents during this time, the Pro Se Clinic Soiree  scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6 has been postponed.

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic has served more than 250 clients in its first year, and this is only possible with the support of our community partners. We hope you consider joining us for this event rescheduled for Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Miller Canfield’s downtown Detroit headquarters. 

We apologize for any inconvenience to those planning to attend on Feb. 6, and we hope to see you this summer. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

More details about the rescheduled event will be provided soon.

On Tuesday, June 18 (rescheduled date), lawyers, judges and other community leaders will gather for the Pro Se Clinic Soiree, a celebration of the first anniversary of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic. Supporters have the opportunity to celebrate, connect and enjoy a cocktail reception at Miller Canfield’s downtown Detroit headquarters beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

The clinic began in January 2018 and offers no-cost legal assistance to low-income individuals representing themselves in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The clinic is staffed by University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and operates with the support of the District Court as well as multiple community partners.

Since its opening, the clinic has assisted over 250 pro se plaintiffs and defendants with a variety of federal legal issues, including civil rights, employment discrimination and social security appeals. As there is not a generally recognized right to court-appointed counsel in federal civil cases, the clinic meets an unmet need of litigants while saving the court time and resources. Services provided include pre-screening of cases for federal court jurisdiction, assistance clarifying claims and amending the complaint, education of litigants as to the court process and available forms, assistance completing forms, assistance with discovery and motions, advice on substantive and procedural matters, legal research, limited drafting of pleadings, and assistance at other stages of the proceedings. For more information about the clinic, visit