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Sept. 18, 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

Washtenaw Count-Eastern Michigan University Legal Rresource Center to host fundraiser to continue providing free help in community

YPSILANTI – The Washtenaw County-Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center (LRC) will host a fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, from 6-9 p.m. at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti.

“The LRC has helped more than 6,000 pro se (without counsel) community members with court forms and information since it was established in 2004,” said Nancy Caine Harbour, coordinator of EMU’s paralegal program. “We are entering our fourth year and we have seen amazing growth in the number of people we help.”

Caine Harbour said the program not only benefits people who need help with legal documents, but the EMU students who staff the LRC as well.

“Our paralegal students will tell you that the ‘real life’ experience they receive is great,” Caine Harbour said. “And the judges are pleased we help people with the correct forms for their courtrooms.”

The LRC, which is typically staffed by five EMU paralegal students per semester, provides help with forms and information related to family law, probate, landlord tenant and small claims. EMU is the only university in the nation supporting this type of clinical experience for its paralegal program students, according to Caine Harbour.

The fundraiser will help the LRC pay for operating costs such as copying fees and supplies.

“Every donation helps,” said Caine Harbour.

Caine Harbour said that the LRC has moved to the first floor of the Washtenaw County Circuit Courthouse and that services are available on Wednesdays at the 14B District Court in Ypsilanti Township.




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