About Legal Aid and Defender Association2021-03-26T10:13:13+00:00
Civil Cases Only: 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700 General Information: 313.967.5555
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Winners of the 2021 Hon. Wade H. McCree, Jr. Award honoring our significant contributions to the advancement of social justice.


Our mission

To provide holistic, innovative legal services that improve the quality of life and empower vulnerable and underserved individuals, families and communities.

What we do

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides comprehensive civil legal services to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties who cannot afford an attorney. Founded in 1909, we are proud to be the oldest provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Michigan. We have a full-time staff of attorneys, paralegals and legal support staff.

We are passionate about securing the rights of low-income individuals and assist with wide-ranging civil legal matters through both advocacy and representation. For example, we help residents stay in their homes through eviction diversion programs, we fight for rightful government-provided benefits for those in need, and we work to improve the health and welfare of low-income families by addressing the root causes of poor health.

How to access our services

All potential clients must complete a screening process to determine their financial eligibility for legal services, as well as lack of conflicts with other clients. Additionally, the screening process will ensure that the client’s legal problem falls within the priorities of our organization. For individuals not qualifying for our services, there is a referral system in place to ensure they receive the help they need. Call us at: 313.967.5800 or 877.964.4700.

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Board of Directors

Arthur Dudley, II

Erica L. Fitzgerald

Monifa Gray

Robin Kinloch

J. Sherman Larkins

Ryan Machasic

Che’ Peterson

Kym Kinchen Reeves

Roger Short

Cassandra Walker

Elizabeth Zatina


Nicole Goodson

President and CEO

Michelle Johnson

Chief Counsel

Caroline Bermudez Jomaa

Director of Pro Bono and Community

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