Pro Bono

Dykema believes the practice of law, especially in a large commercial firm, is a privilege that carries with it profound societal responsibilities. Performing legal services for those who are traditionally denied access to justice—or for organizations that benefit such persons—is a central part of our effort to meet the legal needs of the underserved in our community.

Dykema has had a long tradition of commitment to pro bono legal service. Our pro bono representation of Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith in the famous Keith case involving illegal government surveillance of unpopular groups during the 1960s has been recognized as a significant legal milestone.

All of our associates and members are required to either do pro bono or donate to a legal aid agency of their choice. Additionally, our formal policy ensures that all lawyers and legal assistants will receive billable hour credit for pro bono work.

Our Pro Bono Counsel, Heidi Naasko, manages our pro bono practice, initiatives and programs and is advised by the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, for each of our thirteen offices nationally.

If you are interested in pro bono representation, please review the Pro Bono Referral information listed below.

Pro Bono Referral 

Do you need a pro bono lawyer? The vast majority of our pro bono referrals are sent to us through legal aid agencies (agencies that provide free or low cost legal services to the poor). Therefore, we encourage you to contact a legal aid agency in your community. A few of our partner agencies are listed, and organized according to our offices. To find the appropriate agency in your neighborhood, locate the office closest to you and call that agency for service, intake hours or a referral.

Ann Arbor 

Legal   Services of South Central Michigan—Washtenaw County Office

Safe House 

Bloomfield Hills 

Legal Aid & Defender   Association, Inc.—Oakland County Office


Legal Assistance Foundation of   Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services   


Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas—Dallas   Office  


Community Legal Resources 

First Step

Lakeshore Legal Aid


Legal   Services of South Central Michigan—Lansing Office 

Los Angeles  

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles   (LAFLA)

 San Antonio 

 Texas   Rio Grande Legal Aid 

 Washington, D.C. 

 Bread for the City Legal   Clinic—NW