Poverty Attorney Marilyn Mullane Honored

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Marilyn Mullane, recognized by the Michigan State Bar Foundation for her many years of dedicated, hard work to defend the rights of poor and indigent people to legal representation and justice!
The Michigan State Bar Foundation selected Marilyn Mullane for its 2015 Access to Justice Award have significantly advanced access to justice for the poor in Michigan. Past recipients have included Crowley, Hon. Chad Schmucker, Michael C. Chielens (posthumously) and Holli Wallace (posthumously).

“Marilyn Mullane has been the Director of Michigan Legal Services since 2000. Under her leadership, the agency has provided impact-oriented legal services in the Detroit metropolitan the United Community Housing Coalition, MLS has conducted extensive outreach services to and assisted numerous families facing foreclosure in Detroit. Ms. Mullane has specialized in housing and experience also working on access to utilities, public benefits, health and mental health care. She partners with many other legal aid providers; one example is working with Community Legal use volunteer business lawyers to assist nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan with transactional legal problems. MLS has served as counsel to a number of nonprofit community board of directors for several organizations: the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice (1991 to 2012); Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation (1980 to present); The Heat Warmth Fund (THAW); Michigan Community Resources (1998 to present); Bridging Communities (2000 to present) and Center for Community Change, Public Housing Advisory Board (1988 to 1998). Ms. Mullane has received the National Lawyers Guild award; the Judith E. Magid Award; the Social and Economic Justice Award; the Ernest Goodman Award; several awards from the Detroit City Council for her work in housing, most recently in Tax Foreclosure Prevention; the Community Health Hero of the Year Award (2011) from MichUHCan and the Sol Schwartz Award (1999) for work on mental health issues from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Oakland County. Before her work at MLS began in 1983, Ms. Mullane was a legal aid lawyercat Legal Aid and Defender and Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, attended graduate school at Columbia University and received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Foundation President Margaret Nichols said “Marilyn Mullane embodies the leadership and contributions this award recognizes through her dedication to ensuring access to justice for those in need.” Both the October 7th State Bar Awards Banquet during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Novi, Michigan. Foundation provides leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system, including to the poor, law-related education, and conflict resolution. For more information, visit www.msbf.org.”

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