Overview (Program Summary)
Making a Difference: Creating or Enhancing Your In-House Pro Bono Programs
Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Miller Canfield (Detroit Office)
150 W. Jefferson, Ste. 2500, Detroit, MI 48226
In-house attorneys possess unique skills that can significantly benefit those in need. Learn about the numerous pro bono opportunities for in-house counsel and how to have a successful pro bono program for your organization from our panel of experts. Join us as we speak with corporate and law firm experts on establishing and managing an effective and successful in-house pro bono program.
- 4:00 - 4:30 PM | Registration
- 4:30 - 5:30 PM | Program
- 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Cocktails and Networking
Jennifer Lawson, Program Manager, DTE Energy Foundation
Jennifer Lawson is a program manager at the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. In her role, she manages the Foundation's grantmaking in basic human needs and the environment. She also handles a broad and diverse range of special initiatives focused on advancing the Foundation’s mission. Jennifer has worked for more than ten years in the nonprofit sector and academia, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at local universities. She serves on the boards of the Michigan Association of United Ways and SPEC Associates.
Kim Ray, Pro Bono Committee Chair, Ford
Kim Ray chairs the pro bono committee at Ford Motor Company. She has also represented clients in immigration, family law, tenant defense, and name change petitions, along with clinical work in expungement, driver’s license restoration, estate planning, food stamps, and issues facing veterans. She has traveled to Washington DC, and works locally to advocate for legal services funding. She has held various positions within Ford and Ford Credit over the past twenty years.
Wendy Richards, Principal and Pro Bono Counsel, Miller Canfield
Wendy Richards is a commercial litigator who has worked on numerous multimillion-dollar class actions and other complex matters. She has extensive experience in election law and voting rights and is co-chair of Miller Canfield’s election law group. As the firm's Pro Bono Counsel, she heads the firm’s pro bono program, which has garnered national recognition for taking on high-profile, high-impact cases and was shortlisted as one of the nation's best pro bono programs by the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America.