In 2015, Honigman attorneys provided more than 4,000 hours of pro bono work to people who otherwise could not afford legal representation
“I am very proud of the dedication of Honigman and its attorneys in providing legal services to people who need our assistance throughout the state. Giving back is an important tradition at Honigman, whether it is through pro bono volunteer services, our firm’s commitment to many nonprofit organizations or our individual attorneys’ work in the community. Thank you for helping carry on this tradition in the communities where we live and work.”
Statement of David Foltyn, Chairman and CEO, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
At Honigman, we believe it is our duty and our responsibility to make the legal system more accessible and affordable to all, regardless of economic status or ability to pay. The pro bono program at Honigman has been a deeply ingrained and vibrant component of our culture, and one that brings great value to our practice of the law. We actively seek pro bono and community service opportunities in which to serve those in need.
For many years, Honigman has collaborated with numerous local organizations to provide free legal services to the underserved in our community. Honigman attorneys have dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono projects. We assist in a variety of cases, including helping soldiers draft estate planning documents prior to deployment, assisting a para-Olympic athlete in winning the right to compete in the Para Olympic Games, helping local residents expunge their criminal records so that they can access employment and housing opportunities, drafting start-up documents for non-profits that serve the indigent population in our community, and assisting with a multitude of other civil matters for those who could not otherwise afford legal services.
Honigman is frequently honored for outstanding pro bono work. Most recently, Honigman was selected as the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year for 2012 by the Detroit Legal Aid and Defender Association. The firm is also included in the Michigan State Bar’s “Circle of Excellence,” reflecting pro bono leadership and commitment to the community.
We are gratified at the positive impact that our efforts have had on the people and organizations in need in our communities. But in addition, the program continues to yield benefits to our firm and our lawyers at all levels, as well. Our experience confirms that, by bringing the human dimension into the resolution of legal problems, pro bono work affords our attorneys perspective, develops sensitivity, enhances listening and problem-solving skills, and improves our ability to effectively communicate with clients.