Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc.

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

August 2, 2012

With photo

Legal Aid and Defender is conducting more free workshops on small claims court

DETROIT – Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) is conducting a series of three free workshops this summer for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties on how to represent themselves in small claims court and collect money judgments.

LAD scheduled the summer workshops in response to the popularity of its three spring workshops on small claims court.

The first workshop was held Thursday, July 19 at LAD headquarters in Detroit. The second will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, and the third on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights.

Michelle Johnson, supervising attorney of LAD’s Detroit-Wayne office, conducted the July 19 workshop. Small claims court is a judicial process in district courts for settling money disputes of $3,000 or less, she said. The limit will be raised to $5,000 in September.

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.

Registration for the Aug. 14 and Sept. 18 workshops will begin at 5:30 p.m. The workshops will begin promptly at 6:00 and run to 8:00. For further information, contact Gina Polley, deputy chief counsel of LAD’s Civil Law Group, at (313) 967-5638 or

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


Mary Morris of the Wayne Mediation Center (left) joins Michelle Johnson of Legal
Aid and Defender Association, Inc. at LAD’s July 19 workshop on small claims court.
(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