Legal Services of Eastern Michigan is a nonprofit organization that gives free civil legal help to low-income people. 


Our mission is to use legal skills to address the causes and effects of poverty, especially those that affect the survival needs of low-income people.


For information or help, call 1-800-322-4512



Effective May, 1, 2014, Legal Services of Eastern Michigan’s longest serving Executive Director, Edward J Hoort has resigned.  He will be the Chief Executive Officer of a new company, The Administrative Support Team (TAST) as well as taking on the responsibilities as Interim Executive Director of the Center for Civil Justice.  Upon his exit, Ms. Jill Nylander, the current Director of Litigation and Training will become LSEM’s new Executive Director.  Ms. Nylander has 23 years of administrative and litigation experience at LSEM and was unanimously appointed by LSEM’s Board of Directors. 

TAST, a Low-income Limited Liability Corporation was formed by Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and the Center for Civil to provide administrative, fiscal, and grant development services for non-profit organizations within Genesee County and the East Michigan Region.  TAST will provide accounting and fiscal services, administrative functions, IT support, and grant development services to Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and the Center for Civil Justice. Specialty services will also be available such as; conference and event planning including registration, publicity, and budgeting.

The TAST staff will include six former members of the administration of LSEM including specialists in finance and accounting, grant development, reporting, and grant contract development. Together the staff of TAST has a combined experience of 90 years in non-profit administration, operations, and management. TAST will contract with other non profits within the region in need of all of the services provided, or the organization may select services that best fit the organizations specific needs.