Hello, LAWM friends! 

With 2022 halfway done, we’re making up for pandemic shutdowns with more outreach and community legal education. This year we’ve taught at public libraries, visited churches, presented at a Habitat for Humanity office, explained to medical doctors how legal aid may help their patients, and more. We’ve also Zoomed, recorded explainer videos, and written new one-page explainers on the legal topics we are asked about the most. 
We continue helping thousands of clients, from offering brief services, like legal advice, to representing people at trials. But the need in our client communities remains greater than the resources we have to help. This is why we are so grateful for our donors and volunteers, who put fuel in our tank.  
Moving Forward...
As a young adult, “Antonia” made some mistakes, resulting in a destruction-of-property conviction as well as records for driving with a suspended license.

Antonia paid the penalties, years passed, and now she’s a working mom, interested in advancing in her professional field. She came to us because the conviction records, all at least 13 years old, still loomed over her like a shadow. Antonia wanted to get out from the under the shadow, improving life for herself and her family.

We represented her to expunge the old conviction records, offering new promise for her professional ambitions. That is the value of legal aid: empowering working parents who couldn’t otherwise afford a lawyer to assert their rights and move forward.
Answering Client “FAQs” in Less than 5 Minutes
With help from our friends at the Kent District Library we’ve rolled out another new video - What to know about security deposits.
Check out the whole series covering topics our clients frequently ask about.
Family Law FAQs
Here are new one-pagers covering questions and topics we frequently talk about with our clients.
Domestic Personal Protection Orders

Divorce Property Division & Child Custody (p.1)

Divorce Property Division & Child Custody (p.2)
For even more detailed info, people can learn about the law and use the self-help resources at MichiganLegalHelp.org
Free Lawyer Training: Probate for Pro Bono Clients 
Want to help low-income families build wealth? Want to strengthen West Michigan communities? You can do that by helping clients to probate deceased relatives’ estates, often giving clients title to the family home and control over other family assets. This is a client-demand growth area for us. We need your help. Learn from the experts for free, sign up as a volunteer, and take a case! 

Probate for Pro Bono Clients 
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 10am-12pm 
Format: remote (Zoom) 

  • Hon. Curtis Bell, Kalamazoo County Probate Court 
  • Annelore M. Cannizzaro, Esq., Grossman Horne & Cannizzaro, PC 
  • Lana M. Escamilla, Escamilla & Salisbury, PLLC 

Details & Registration:
Contact Noah Joseph: 616-608-8056 | njoseph@lawestmi.org  
Volunteer with us at an expungement fair!
Want to volunteer?

Contact Steve Grumm: sgrumm@lawestmi.org

  • Training available
  • Time commitment is “day-of” only
We're hiring!
We’re looking for lawyers and administrative staff to join the team in four of our offices. Please help us spread the word! Openings:

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Thank you!