Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

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

May 3, 2012

With photo

Legal Aid and Defender conducts free workshop on small claims courts

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the first in a series of three free workshops on small claims courts April 24 at LAD headquarters, 613 Abbott St.

The workshop was designed to teach residents of Wayne County to represent themselves in the small claims division of 36th District Court in Detroit and collect money judgments. Michelle Johnson, supervising attorney of LAD’s Detroit-Wayne office, conducted the workshop.

“Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts that allows for settling money dispute of $3,000 or less,” Johnson said.

Although plaintiffs cannot be represented by attorneys in small claims courts, Johnson told attendees at the workshop, “It is always advisable that you discuss your particular circumstances with your attorney before going to court.”

LAD’s second workshop, for Macomb County residents, will be held Tuesday, May 15 at Clinton/Macomb Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township.

The third workshop, for Oakland County residents, will be held Wednesday, June 20 at Oakland County Law Library, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac.

Registration for both workshops will begin at 3:30 p.m. The workshops themselves will begin promptly at 4:00. For further information, contact Gina Polley, deputy chief counsel of LAD’s Civil Law Group, at (313) 967-5638

LAD is Michigan’s largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents. 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


Michelle Johnson, supervising attorney of the Detroit-Wayne office of Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc., conducts workshop on small claims courts.
(Photo by John Meiu)

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

David Adrian
Adrian & Associates
(248) 322-9226
(248) 515-4607 cell