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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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The Mission of the Pro Bono/ Public Service Committee is to contribute to pro bono legal work and public service consistent with ACC Michigan Chapter's mission. The committee does this by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono and public service efforts of in-house legal departments in the State of Michigan. Specifically, this can occur through: 

  • Providing, organizing, and facilitating pro bono legal work and public service opportunities or ACC Michigan members.
  • Directing budgeted ACC Michigan funds to pro bono legal and public  service organizations whose work is consistent with the mission of ACC Michigan and its members.
  • Some combination of any or all the above.

The time commitment of Committee members can be as much or as little as desired or possible. It is recognized that pro bono work can be most effective when tied to a person's interest and capability. Past projects include: 

  • Publicizing pro bono legal work and public service opportunities that may be of interest to ACC Michigan members.
  • Liaison with Michigan Community Resources for individuals pro bono opportunities serving Michigan non-profit corporations.
  • Periodically working with Michigan Community Resources to Sponsor a 1/2 day legal services clinic for non-profit corporations.
  • Creating and directing a program to issue ACC Michigan budgeted grants to pro bono legal and public service organizations.


Pro Bono Grant Application

Consistent with ACC’s operating value of encouraging public and pro bono service, ACC Michigan desires to contribute to other organizations and events that provide a service to the community.
The Board has adopted a grant policy and implementing guidelines that seek to further these goals based on ACC’s mission and other operating values. Potential grants will be evaluated based on this policy, considering both the interests of our members and the value to the grant applicants. 
Organizations or ACC Michigan members acting on behalf of an organization, who are interested in securing one or more grant opportunities, should submit the grant application. Following submission, the Executive Director will notify the applicant whether they have been awarded a grant.

If you have an interest in applying for the available 2023 grants, please submit your application today!

Submit Your Application Today!   Submit Your Application (PDF) 


Pro Bono and Community Service Opportunities

Michigan Immigrant Rights Counsel - Afghan Refugees Asylum

MIRC is putting together clinics to get Afghan refugees apply for asylum both in West and East Michigan.

Three ways to volunteer:

  • Help at organized workshop/clinic
  • Take on an individual case
  • Mentor an inexperienced attorney (if you have asylum experience)

Malpractice insurance provided and training offered in advance - no prior experience required.

Limited representation commitment - 1/2 to 1 day commitment for the workshops/clinics.

Translation will be offered.

This is going to be an ongoing need.