Community Action

PURPOSE:

The Community Action Committee ("CAC") of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is comprised of attorneys using their expertise to identify those social issues that concern our local and global community.  

We are committed to using our legal resources to educate and enlighten our community about their rights and available resources that will embolden us all to enact positive change in our communities.

WHO CAN JOIN:

All those that want to help encourage positive change in the community.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Straker CAC holds events throughout the community in line with our mission purpose. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events or contact us for volunteer opportunities.

Members of the Straker CAC have participated with other organizations on the following events:

  • From Expungement to Entrepreneurship: the Pipeline to Possibilities Clinic, April 6, 2018 - This program not only provided free expungement advice by Lakeshore Legal Aid and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, but professors and business law students from the University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic also offered free workshops to expungement attendees interested in starting their own small business.
  • Expungement Clinic for Tri-County Residents, January 8, 2018 - The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, in partnership with Lakeshore Legal Aid and Southfield Human Services, hosted an expungement clinic on January 8, 2018. Approximately 240 people attended the clinic, which was held in Southfield and open to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Attorneys from Straker Bar Association, Lakeshore Legal Aid and local law firms provided pro bono legal services. Over 40 volunteers, including law students, attorneys and staff from each organization, worked throughout the day to bring services to the community, and to make the expungement clinic a tremendous success. 
  • Veteran's Expungement Fair, February 27, 2016 - Event held at Legal Aid and Defender Association located at 613 Abbott Detroit, MI 48226 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Featured speaker Honorable Deborah Thomas who runs Veteran's Court in Wayne County, explained the entire  expungement process in the State of Michigan. The Expungement Fair helped individuals make a new start with a clean record.
  • Know Your Rights 2016: "Your Right to Vote!!" - Straker Bar hosted a series of informative seminars throughout the community to inform the public about their right to vote and to dispel some myths surrounding the right to vote.
  • Project Clean Slate, June 4, 2016 - (with the City of Detroit's Law Department) “Project Clean Slate” is an initiative of the City of Detroit’s Law Department where 100 lawyers and law students were recruited to represent eligible applicants for expungement in court pro bono. In exchange for the representation, applicants agreed to sign-up with the City’s Workforce Development agency to assist in job readiness and placement. This event was held at Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive, Detroit. 
  • Volunteering at Grace Centers of Hope, December 19, 2015 - Members volunteered at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac
  • 4th Annual Diggin' our Diversity, June 2015 - (with Federal Bar Association) encouraging community action and diversity to beautify neighborhoods by planting new trees throughout Detroit
  • Know Your Rights Forum at the Charles H. Wright Museum, June 2015 - (with National Bar Association) a forum of local and national community leaders addressed the rise in deadly police encounters and how we can protect ourselves
  • Expungement Fair, March 21, 2015 - (with Delta Sigma Theta Detroit Alumnae Chapter) helped individuals make a new start with a clean record

 

Grace Centers of Hope - December 2015