Michigan Indian Legal Services to Assist More Low-Income Natives Through Pro Bono Recruitment
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) recently announced that Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) would receive a $181,084 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant.
LSC formed the Pro Bono Task Force to address the current crisis in legal services, where at least 50% of eligible low-income individuals seeking help from grantees are turned away due to insufficient resources, and 80% of civil legal needs are unmet.
Among Michigan's Native communities, especially those located in rural areas of the state, the percentage of individuals living below the poverty level is generally much higher than the state overall. Rampant poverty and scarce legal resources contribute to a significantly greater need for effective client counsel; thus, a demand for innovative solutions exists. MILS is part of that solution by allocating practice-ready attorneys to those rural areas.
MILS will address these unmet needs by primarily recruiting late-career and retired attorneys to:
•Provide community legal education in rural Native communities,
•Provide mentorship to newer MILS attorneys so that MILS staff can provide
high quality legal assistance in remote communities, and
•Provide direct representation of clients in rural Native communities.
For more information on pro bono volunteering, please contact:
Norika Kida Betti or Hank Fields
For additional details on MILS, please visit https://www.mils3.org/
About Michigan Indian Legal Services
Michigan Indian Legal Services provides legal services statewide to income-eligible individuals and Tribes, advocates for the rights of individuals, which advances systems of justice, and works to preserve Indian families through state and tribal courts.
Contact: Cameron Fraser, Executive Director
Page Updated Last on: Oct 11, 2019