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Information for Clients

Contact Information
313.593.0934 (Detroit) 
734.615.8735 (Ann Arbor)

Who can become a CEC client?

We welcome applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small business in Detroit and other under-served urban areas of the region that need legal advice to start or operate their organization or enterprise. We select clients based on a variety of factors. For potential start-up clients, the CEC's services are best suited to clients that have spent time developing a plan for their organization or business and have clear ideas about their goals and methods for achieving them.

How can you become a client?

If you are interested in the clinic's services, you can complete our online application or call either our Detroit or Ann Arbor office (listed above). If it is the type of matter the clinic can take on, you will have a preliminary telephone interview with a member of the clinic faculty. If your legal needs align with the teaching goals of the clinic, you will be invited to come to the clinic office closest to you for an intake interview with either a student attorney or clinic faculty. If we accept the matter after the intake interview, we will send you an engagement agreement which explains the terms of the lawyer-client relationship and describes the services the clinic will provide. Our representation begins when you have signed and returned a signed copy of the agreement.

What happens after I apply?

If you complete and submit the application online, you will receive a confirmation email stating that we received your application. In some cases you will receive a call from one of the attorneys to find out more about your organization or business. Some applicants may not be ready for legal services, so we may ask you to reapply after you further develop your plans.

Still others may have needs that are appropriate for the clinic to handle but that we do not have the capacity to service. We may notify you that we can assist you but cannot accept your matter at that time. In that case, we will keep you on a list and let you know when we may be able to accept your matter and/or have space.

Does the clinic charge for its services?

Our services are free, however, you will be required to pay all costs associated with the representation such as government or agency-imposed application or filing fees.

Does the clinic answer quick questions?

We cannot answer questions unless you are a client of the clinic. The clinic will from time to time present community workshops on topics of general interest to nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Are there additional resources I can consult?

Yes. Nonprofit and community organizations may find the following links helpful:

Business and entrepreneurs may find the following links helpful:

National Resources

State and Local Resources