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June 27, 2019
Detroit Mercy Law students with Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, Professor Nick Schroeck

On June 18, over 100 attorneys, judges, law students and other supporters gathered for the Pro Se Clinic Soiree, a fundraising event celebrating the first anniversary of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic. The reception was held at Miller Canfield’s Detroit office and presented by the Oakland County Bar Association, along with supporting sponsors, Federal Bar Association, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Jones Day, Honigman, James C. Thomas, Esq. and Varnum.

The event raised over $11,000 in support of the Federal Pro Se Clinic’s work providing 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, the Chapter and several other community partners. The clinic has provided over 5,000 hours of free legal services to more than 350 litigants since opening in January 2018. 

Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker began the event program by welcoming the attendees, thanking community partners and discussing the clinic’s successful first year.

Chief Judge Denise Page Hood and Judge Victoria A. Roberts discussed the clinic’s impact and the importance of pro bono legal services in the District Court. Both judges were integral to the launch of the clinic and are involved in its continued operation.

Clinical Director Kevin Carlson also delivered remarks, thanking supporters and commending the 34 Detroit Mercy Law students who participated in the clinic on their work. DaiChanai Jones, a 2019 graduate of Detroit Mercy Law, shared her experience in the clinic, calling it “one of the most beneficial learning experiences of her law school career.”

Nick Schroeck, associate professor and director of clinical programs, provided closing remarks and encouraged attorneys interested in doing pro bono work through the clinic to connect with his team.

Those interested in volunteering in the clinic should contact Rebecca Nowak, clinical programs coordinator, at simkinrg@udmercy.edu or 313.596.9409.

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