Legal help for needy in demand in Metro Detroit

From assisting parents in custody disputes to helping low-income homeowners stave off foreclosure, area law clinics are ramping up their efforts to assist Metro Detroiters who can’t afford attorneys as demand increases.

News Story Oralandar Brand-Williams
Detroit News
October 9, 2017

Tags: Child Custody, Funding: Federal, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Lakeshore Legal Aid (MI)


Across the country, about 90 percent of poor clients with child custody or landlord/tenant eviction cases go into a courtroom with no representation, said Jim Sandman, the president of the Legal Services Corp., a national nonprofit that funds legal aid clinics throughout the United States.

“The numbers (of people) without counsel is astonishingly common,” he said. “There are not enough resources sufficient to help everyone.”