Community Outreach - School of Law

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Providing Legal Outreach

The School of Law provides pro bono legal assistance to more than 2,100 clients, including indigent youth and adults, veterans, immigrants and local citizens needing legal representation facing mortgage foreclosure and consumer claims through its 9 law clinics:

  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic & Mediation Training Class
  • SADO Criminal Appellate Clinic
  • Criminal Trial Clinic
  • Veterans Law Clinic
  • Veterans Appellate Clinic
  • Consumer Defense Clinic
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic
  • Juvenile Appellate Clinic

Fellowship Supports Legal Services

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Public Interest Fellowship Program provides law students with an opportunity to work for agencies serving the poor, disadvantages, marginalized or underrepresented of society while earning a stipend and gaining valuable legal experience. Each year approximately 8-12 law students are awarded this prestigious Fellowship to work in agencies such as the Archdiocese of Detroit-Immigration Legal Services, Freedom House, State Appellate Defender's Organization, American Civil Liberties Union, and Legal Aid Defenders Association.

Community Service Committee Reaches Out

During the past year, the School's Community Service Committee organized several outreach initiatives:

  • The School of Law provided a picnic lunch for more than 100 homeless veterans residing at the Michigan Veterans Foundation in Detroit in June.
  • The School of Law partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Macomb Community College to create a resource fair to provide veterans and their survivors with a single point of access to multiple service organizations including medical, legal and mental health practitioners, employment counselors, housing referral sources, employers and much more.
  • The School of Law's Project SALUTE received $5,000 community service grant from Ford Motor Co. and partnered with Ford Attorneys and Michigan Veterans Foundation to create a community garden. Volunteers from the Law School community, Ford and MVF constructed raised garden beds and stained park benches during this event.