Dickinson Wright Attorney Jerome Crawford Spotlighted for Pro Bono Efforts

June 23, 2015
Recently, Dickinson Wright Attorney Jerome Crawford was featured in an article titled “Jerome Crawford Helps Domestic Violence Victims”, which appeared on the State Bar of Michigan’s website.

In the article, Mr. Crawford discusses his involvement with the Detroit IMPACT Motion to Terminate Project. Mr. Crawford, and other volunteers, defends Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) against a respondent’s Motion to Terminate.

Jerome had the following to say about his experience: “Appearing in a courtroom to advocate before a judge can be a nerve-racking experience, even for attorneys. This pressure increases even more for pro se parties since they fear the opposing party. The Detroit IMPACT Motion to Terminate Project allows attorneys like myself to alleviate some of the challenges faced by these domestic violence survivors and provide strength on a day they most need it. To whom much is given, much is required; thus, as lawyers I believe we possess an inherent duty to use our platform for the benefit of others.”

The Detroit IMPACT Project is a part of a national collaboration of projects to expand law firm pro bono efforts to increase access to justice, led by the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. It is a joint effort of several law firms and the Legal Aid and Defender Association to represent domestic violence survivors seeking PPOs in Wayne County. The goal of the Project is to provide counsel for survivors/petitioners to defend the PPO against a Motion to Terminate filed by the batterer/respondent.

To read the complete article, please click here.
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