Community Legal Services welcomes public

Shown at left, Community Legal Services (CLS) board members Anna Rapa, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Adjunct Professor and practicing attorney in the areas of appeals, document preparation, business transactions, criminal defense, and estate planning, and Christian Montesinos of Avanti Law Group await guests at an open house CLS held last week to introduce its services to the public as well as to raise funds.

Photo courtesy of Dustie DeVille.

by Cynthia Price
Legal News

CLS is hoping to supplement existing legal assistance services in the counties of Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa.

Though dreadful weather caused the absence of over half those who had replied they were coming, according to Executive Director Dustie DeVille, 38 people showed up to hear pro bono awardees Nelson P. Miller, Steven L.  Williams, and Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis speak and participate in the silent auction and other activities. CLS was very happy with the results of its premier fund-raising outing.

The non-profit is still looking for attorneys to volunteer their services, as well as for donations wherever possible, since despite the heroic efforts of existing agencies, there is still unmet need. For more information, visit


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