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The Michigan Poverty Law Program is a joint project of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) and the University of Michigan Law School (UMLS). MPLP is funded in part by the Michigan State Bar Foundation (MSBF) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).


General Information

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)


Coordinating Committee

Robert Gillett, LSSCM Executive Director

Ann Routt, LSSCM Deputy Director

Lorray S. C. Brown, MPLP Co-Managing and Consumer Law Attorney

Angela Tripp, Co-Managing Attorney (x152)

David Santacroce, Clinical Professor of Law

220 East Huron St, Suite 600A
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000
(734) 998-6100 Phone
(734) 998-9125 Fax

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 Partner Agencies

Michigan League for Public Policy

1223 Turner St., Suite 1G
Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 487-5436 Phone
(517) 371-4546 Fax

State Bar of Michigan

Justice Initiatives Department
306 Townsend Street
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 346-6400 Phone
(517) 482-6248 Fax

University of Michigan Law School Pediatric Advocacy Initiative

University of Michigan Law School
Clinical Law Program
Poverty Law Outreach Program
220 E. Huron St. Suite 600 B
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-3000
734-998-6100 (x4)
(734) 998-9125 Fax

David Santacroce, Clinical Professor of Law

University of Michigan Clinical Law Program
University of Michigan Law School
363 Legal Research - 801 Monroe Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
Phone: (734) 763-4319
Fax: (734) 764-4702

Devlin, Diane - Legal Secretary

Heady, Kathy Norman - Administrator

Reingold, Paul - Clinical Professor,Director

Rine, Nick - Clinical Professor

Santacroce, David - Clinical Professor of Law

Thomas, Kim - Clinical Assistant Professor

Shiltz, Laura - Legal Assistant


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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