Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.
613 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226
July 2, 2012
With two photos
Legal Aid and Defender conducts free workshop on small claims court
DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted the third in a series of three free workshops on small claims court June 20 at Oakland County’s Adams-Pratt Law Library.
The workshops are designed to teach residents of the tri-county area how to represent themselves in small claim court and collect money judgments. Kelly Bidelman, managing attorney of LAD’s Oakland County office in Pontiac,
conducted the June 20 workshop.
Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $3,000 or less, Bidelman said. The limit will be raised to $5,000 in September, she said.
The workshop was opened by a guest speaker, Camelia Ureche, general manager of the Oakland Mediation Center (http://www.mediation-omc.org). Ureche explained to attendees how they could use mediation as an alternative to filing suit in small claims court.
LAD conducted the first workshop April 24 at LAD headquarters in Detroit and the second May 15 at Clinton/Macomb Library in Clinton Township.
“The workshops have been so popular that we’re planning another series to begin in July,” Bidelman said.
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 http://www.ladadetroit.org.
Gathering before Legal Aid and Defender Association’s (LAD’s) workshop on small claims court are (left to right): Camelia Ureche, general manager of the Oakland Mediation Center; Kelly Bidelman (center), managing attorney of LAD’s Oakland County office; and Laura Mancini, director of library services at Adams-Pratt Law Library. (Photo by John Meiu)
Kelly Bidelman, managing attorney of Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Oakland County office, conducts a workshop on small claims court at the county’s Adams-Pratt Law Library. (Photo by John Meiu)
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