The Christian Legal Aid Program

Mary Lackamp (left)

Mary Lackamp (left)

Robert Bunger (right) of the CLASM

Robert Bunger (right) of the CLASM

The Christian Legal Aid Program is a very successful program that commenced in 2002 at the SVDP Central Council in Detroit as an activity of the Christian Legal Aid of Southeast Michigan (CLASM). It was thought that our clients in Pontiac could also benefit from such a program so in 2007 it was initiated at the Matchan Nutrition Center.

Doug Toering

Doug Toering

Jeanine Wiggins & Jerry Richter [left]

Jeanine Wiggins &
Jerry Richter [left]

Doug Toering, with a legal career of over 30 years, serves as President and Board Chair of CLASM.   At Matchan, Robert Bunger coordinates a group of six lawyers, including himself, so that someone is there each Tuesday. The people we serve have a chance to meet with a licensed attorney to obtain legal counsel.  Mary Lackamp, a Vincentian from Our Lady of La Salette, schedules the clients for the lawyers.   Jeanine Wiggins is a paralegal that helps the lawyers.  Pat Facca, Dan Marsh, Jeffrey Nutt, Jerry Richter and Paul Paternoster are the lawyers on Rob’s team.

All conferences are confidential and at no cost.  It is just another way that volunteers give of their time and talents to help people in need.  In this case, it is a very special skill.  To read more, see the 2015 August Newsletter