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The Michigan Poverty Law Program is a joint project of the Michigan Advocacy Program and the University of Michigan Law School (UMLS). MPLP is funded in part by the Michigan State Bar Foundation (MSBF).

General Information

MPLP Website History

MPLP Governance

Description of MPLP Services

MPLP Priorities and Case Acceptance Criteria

MPLP Co-Counsel Guidelines

MPLP Workplan

MPLP Advisory Board

MPLP Forms (Appeals Docket and New Employee)

MPLP Staff

Lorray Brown, Co-Managing Attorney and Consumer Law Attorney (x113)

Angela Tripp, Co-Managing Attorney (x152)

Rebecca Shiemke, Family Law Project Managing Attorney (x127)

Kerri Ferrari, Training Coordinator/Office Manager(x151)

Lisa Ruby, Public Benefits Law Attorney (x117)

Jim Schaafsma, Housing Law Attorney (x112)

Benefo Ofosu Benefo, Systems Administrator (x118)

Scott Ellis, Statewide Technology Coordinator (x154)

Lynelle Morgan, Web Content Development Attorney (x166)

Elizabeth MacGregor, Web Content Development Attorney (x165)

Christine Rogers, Administrative Assistant (x133)

Alison Hirschel, Elder Law Attorney

3490 Belle Chase Way, #50
Lansing, MI 48911
Phone:(517) 394-2985 x231
Fax: (517) 394-4276

Susan Reed, Immigration Law Attorney

Michigan Poverty Law Program
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
3030 S. 9th St Ste. 1A
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
tel: (269) 492-7196
fax: (269) 492-7198

MPLP Forms

Statewide Appeals Docket form - We publish a Statewide Appeals Docket quarterly. Please use this form to notify us of any appeal as soon as they are approved.

What should be submitted? Basically, any appeal that LSC would require management approval for, including appeals from District to Circuit Court and from an administrative agency to Circuit Court. If in doubt, just submit it.

New Employee form - We need to know whenever a new staff member joins your office or program to ensure they are added to the Desk Reference and the statewide email address book. We will also send a welcome packet of information to the new staff member that includes: a desk reference, the latest newsletter, and information on MPLP services, taskforces and trainings.

MPLP Advisory Board

MPLP Advisory Board Membership Meetings generally held at the State Bar of Michigan. Click here for driving directions

Please let Kerri Ferrari know if you will NOT be able to attend. You can email her at this address or call her at (734) 998-6100 x151

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