Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

November 19, 2012

Legal Aid and Defender conducts free workshop on small claims court

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the first of three free fall workshops for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments Oct. 23 at LAD’s Detroit-Wayne office, 613 Abbott St.

Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $5,000 or less that is designed to be easy enough for residents to navigate without an attorney, said LAD staff attorney Eric Wardford, who conducted the workshop.

Mary Morris, a program representative for the Wayne Mediation Center
(, was the guest speaker at the workshop. She explained to attendees how they could use mediation as an alternative to filing suit in small claims court.

LAD scheduled the fall workshops in response to the popularity of its six spring and summer workshops on small claims court, Johnson said. The second and third workshops were scheduled for Nov. 8 in St. Clair Shores and Nov. 13 in Pontiac.

LAD is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of Michigan. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It also represents criminal defendants in Wayne County and the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Including brief consultations and comprehensive legal services, the public law firm handles some 15,000 legal matters yearly.

“We work with clients in a comprehensive manner, so that as we solve their legal problems, we help solve other problems as well,” LAD President and CEO Deierdre L. Weir said. “We help people rebuild their lives and help families stay together.”

Anyone seeking legal services can call (877) 964-4700 or visit


Speakers at Legal Aid and Defender Association’s (LAD’s) workshop on small claims court were (left to right) Michelle Johnson, supervising attorney of LAD’s Detroit- Wayne office; Mary Morris of the Wayne Mediation Center; and LAD staff attorney Eric Wardford. (Photo by John Meiu)

Roger Lennert
Legal Aid and Defender Association
(313) 967-5607
(313) 587-3077 cell

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