Free legal aid clinic to celebrate 30 years

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 30, 2017

 While adults get free legal consultation, kids can enjoy free activities and refreshments during the annual Law Day event.

While adults get free legal consultation, kids can enjoy free activities and refreshments during the annual Law Day event.

Photo provided by Karl Nilsson, Law Day coordinator

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BIRMINGHAM — It’s been 30 years of face painting, ice cream and invaluable help as the Law Day free legal aid clinic celebrates three decades June 3.

Michigan’s largest free legal aid event, hosted at the Goodwin and Scieszka Law Center in Birmingham, has donated 5,000 free legal consultations since the event first began in 1987.

On top of that, the event has doled out 10,000 free bike helmets to kids attending the event with their families.

“Some of the area’s top attorneys donate their time to help local families. It’s a great way to give back to our community,” said Scott Goodwin, founding partner of Goodwin and Scieszka, and former president of the Michigan Association for Justice.

Adults attending Law Day can take advantage of pro bono advice from local attorneys specializing in family law, personal injury, auto accidents, bankruptcy, medical issues and other topics. Meanwhile, younger visitors can visit with Detroit Tigers mascot Paws, play on inflatables and obstacle courses, get their faces painted, enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream, and much more.

Like in years past, 500 free bike helmets will be given away during the event to keep little ones safe on wheels.

While fun is promised for all, the real value of the event comes from the honest and knowledgeable advice that legal professionals offer up that day at no cost.

“I just wanted to take the time to thank your entire staff for the fantastic free legal seminar they presented recently,” wrote a Mount Clemens resident after a previous Law Day consultation, according to the firm. “Your staff was not only extremely knowledgeable, but were sincere, feeling, concerned, friendly and human.”

Law Day will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Goodwin and Scieszka Law Center, 999 Haynes St. in Birmingham. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, visit 1800Goodwin.com or call (248) 644-4529.

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