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Reflecting on Dykema Pro Bono Work Surrounding Detroit’s 1967 Unrest

July 24, 2017

The week of July 24, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of a period of unrest in Detroit, leading to an uprising that gripped the city and the nation. At the time, Dykema was a much smaller firm than it is today, consisting of only between 40-50 attorneys. Many Dykema attorneys volunteered their time to represent those arrested, some of whom were just in the wrong place at the wrong time during law enforcement sweeps of affected areas.

Dykema believes the practice of law, especially in a large commercial firm, is a privilege that carries with it profound societal responsibilities to meet the legal needs of the underserved in the communities in which we practice and live. As it has grown to become a national firm over the five decades since 1967, Dykema continues its commitment to performing pro bono legal services for those who are traditionally denied access to justice, both in Michigan and across the nation. Last year, Dykema was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Legal Aid and Defender Association.

For more information about Dykema’s commitment to pro bono service, click here.