New legal clinic helps low-income people represent themselves

Low-income people who have a valid legal claim but can't afford a lawyer can now get free advice on how to represent themselves.

News Story (Michigan)

Rebecca Kruth
Michigan Radio
January 17, 2018

Tags: Law School Clinics, Pro Se/Self-Help

Organizations mentioned/involved: University of Detroit Mercy Law School


The clinic will be staffed by students from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. The students will provide free but limited legal research under the guidance of attorney.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts says she proposed the clinic after seeing hundreds of claims filed by people without legal representation.

“We had, from January 2015 through December 2016, over 400 cases filed each year by people who were not represented by a lawyer. This represented 10% of all of our new civil cases filed — that’s the highest percentage in this district, the Sixth Circuit,” Roberts said.