Public Benefits Advocacy Project
Members of the Public Benefits Advocacy Project (PBAP) visit local transitional housing and community centers to assist clients in completing applications for food stamps and other public benefits. Under the supervision of three attorneys, we hold weekly office hours at Legal Services of South Central Michigan to help clients navigate the public benefits system, serving as advocates to ensure they receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Members typically attend one two-hour screening per month and/or a few two-hour office hours sessions per semester. We provide substantive and skill training for new members during the fall of each year in cooperation with attorneys from the Michigan Poverty Law Program. We also provide refresher training for returning members at the beginning of the school year.
PBAP provides law students with a valuable opportunity to participate in community service, learn about public interest and administrative law, and develop skills such as compassionate client interviewing and effective communication with government agencies.
For more information about PBAP, please contact us via email.