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How Our Lawyers Give Back To The Community

Michigan Auto Law’s charitable donations and public service work: making Michigan better and safer

Our attorneys have been protecting people seriously injured in automobile accidents throughout Michigan for more than 50 years. It’s also our mission to help those in need, to give back to our communities, and to help make Michigan a better and safer place.

Our lawyers take giving back to the community very seriously.

Helping auto accident victims, pro-bono – Each year, our accident lawyers donate their legal services pro bono to many auto accident victims.

Forgotten Harvest – We volunteered at the Oak Park-based food bank, packing 4,182 pounds of food donation packages for hungry families in metro Detroit. Our law firm also made a financial donation to help fight hunger. Forgotten Harvest is a nonprofit organization that rescues surplus, prepared and perishable food and donates it to 250 emergency food providers throughout Michigan.

Gleaners Community Food Bank – Our staff volunteered at the Detroit food bank, by making food donation packages for hungry families. Gleaners distributed 46 million pounds of emergency food to more than 600 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries throughout Michigan.

Helping law school students – Michigan Auto Law awards an annual scholarship to law school students who show exemplary leadership skills and who are working hard to become our next generation of excellent, ethical personal injury attorneys.

Distracted Driving Awareness – Michigan Auto Law awards a total of $5,000 annually among four Michigan high school students who created persuasive messages for their peers about the dangers of driving distracted.  The Kelsey’s Law Stop Distracted Driving Contest is offered to eligible juniors and seniors from any Michigan high school.

Attorneys teaching students about distracted driving – Our attorneys are speaking at high schools and colleges throughout Michigan, to teach students and young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, texting while driving and impaired driving.

University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital – Every year, our firm has a University of Michigan/Michigan State University rivalry that ends with a charity donation by the lawyers who went to the losing school to the charity of choice of the winning team. We recently made a financial contribution to the leading Ann Arbor children’s hospital.

Toys for Tots – Our attorneys and the entire team at Michigan Auto Law collect Toys for Tots during the holiday season. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

Brain Injury Association of America – Michigan Auto Law makes an annual donation to the Brain Injury Association of America, a national non-profit organization that provides education, research, prevention information and support to brain injury survivors, their families and the people who serve them.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan – Michigan Auto Law made a very substantial donation to this organization to support Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is a Michigan-based arm of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Green Technology and interior renovation at Michigan Auto Law main office – Our Farmington Hills office underwent a complete interior renovation in 2010, using principles of sustainable energy and environmental design to increase workplace health, safety, and environmental principles of sustainable energy.

Rock’n Roll Marathon Relay for Henry Ford Hospital – Our Michigan Auto Law team of four runners finished the marathon relay on Belle Isle in 3 hours, 36 minutes, to benefit the Orthopedic Surgery Trauma Division at Henry Ford Hospital. The division treats patients with an array of musculoskeletal injuries. Race proceeds helped uninsured patients receive medical equipment and services necessary to achieve a full recovery.

Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association – Every year, the Michigan State University graduates from Michigan Auto Law participate in the law firm challenge fundraising project to benefit the College of Law.

JARC – Michigan Auto Law is involved with JARC fundraising efforts, and participation in JARC events to help people with developmental disabilities. JARC is a non-profit organization that provides community-based Jewish residential services, serving nearly 150 adults in its group homes and supported independent living arrangements.

Lawyers testifying in Lansing – Our lawyers, including Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) past-president Robert Raitt, as well as Larry and Steve Gursten, have all testified in Lansing before the Michigan Legislature on various proposed laws in order to bring awareness to specific issues to help make our laws stronger, safer and smarter.

Donating to the community

Michigan Auto Law makes and has made financial donations to the following charities:

  • Consumer Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) – An international non-profit organization comprised of motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives that promotes commercial motor vehicle safety.
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – A cutting-edge hospital that treats children with cancer and finds cures for pediatric cancer.
  • Wounded Warrior Project – A nonprofit organization that aids wounded service members.
  • American Civil Liberties Union – An organization working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and U.S. laws.
  • Michigan Humane Society – A nonprofit organization that finds homes for animals and cares for animals in need.
  • Ronald McDonald House – Houses families of children who are healing while they seek treatment.
  • Michigan Wheelchair Athletic Association Challengers – A wheelchair basketball team for children throughout the tri-county area with disabilities.
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership – An organization that advocates and develops programs and initiatives to create a clean, safe and economically viable downtown Detroit community.
  • Boy Scouts of America – A program for young people that teaches them character, responsibility, community involvement and fitness.
  • Southfield Senior Center – Helping the city of Southfield meet the needs of its growing population of active senior citizens.
  • Do Foundation – A nonprofit organization that provides homes for people who are homeless and helps them become self-sufficient.
  • Washtenaw Alano Club – A nonprofit organization that helps recovering alcoholics and people with substance abuse issues.
  • FACETS – A nonprofit organization helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty.
  • Angel Charity for Children: A nonprofit organization helping to improve the quality of life for children.
  • Orphanage in the Philippines – Helping care for orphaned children in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

Our legal speaking engagements

Our attorneys are leaders in many legal organizations that help injury lawyers to better protect victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. We have spoken at hundreds of legal seminars in Michigan and across the nation.  Here’s more information about our legal seminars and speaking engagements.

Here are some videos of Steven Gursten speaking at legal seminars on litigating auto accident lawsuits and trucking cases.

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