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Cooley offers legal help

September 4, 2015
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Students and faculty from WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus will offer free legal assistance on Friday, Sept. 11.

The Community Access to Legal Justice Workshop is a project for United Way’s Annual Day of Caring. The Legal Justice Workshop is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the law school, 111 Commerce Ave. SW, 5th floor. No appointment is needed.

Students under the supervision of licensed attorneys will offer individual assessments for legal issues such as housing evictions, repairs, and security deposits; registry appeals for neglect, abuse and sex offenders; and record expungements.

Individuals requesting legal assistance should bring any paperwork or court forms regarding their legal matter, Cooley officials said. Those seeking to clear their criminal records will have to pay $10 for access to their Michigan Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) rap sheet.

“The legal justice workshop is meant to help people who may not be able to afford legal counsel overcome barriers to housing and employment,” said Tracey Brame, WMU-Cooley assistant dean. “We hope the free event improves lives of the underprivileged throughout Kent County.”

In May, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus was awarded the United Way Volunteer Award for promoting and providing employees with year-round volunteer opportunities. Students donated more than 2,270 hours of pro bono legal services and more than 1,000 hours of non-legal services.

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