About NLSM

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan (NLSM) offers one-of-a-kind services to promote health safety and self-sufficiency. We are a regional business and non-profit collaborative coordinating Southeastern Michigan community outreach and pro-bono partnerships for advocacy, education, and resources of human survival. Abused and homeless individuals, children, seniors and those with life-challenging illness can sometimes qualify to receive services free of charge.

Established in response to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1966, Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services (WCNLS), now doing business as Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan (NLSM) has grown from a legal aid office in 1966 to providing resources for the human heart, soul, mind and body. The agency serves vulnerable individuals, fragile families, and students in more than 60 schools and communities through the Child & Advocacy Institute. To date, NLSM is metro-Detroit’s only organization of its kind offering non-criminal legal advocacy, law-related education and supportive services for individuals and families.

Through justice initiatives, alliances, community education and preventive services, NLSM seeks to educate, protect, and strengthen the family. Target populations served by NLSM represent the promise of our communities and the future of humankind. To break the cycle of homelessness, NLSM’s budget counselors provide financial literacy, and through our case management services, we provide essential lifestyle training for eligible families. NLSM also contracts with local agencies to assist victims of crime with emergency home security repairs.

Board Of Directors

Charles K. Nolen

Thaddeus K. Dean, Jr.
Vice Chairperson

Lillian Bullard

Sandra Peppers

David K. Tillman, ESQ

Veronica A. Madrigal, Ph.d

George Winn

Thomas G. Hardy, ESQ

Andrea J. Bradley-Baskin, Esq.

Charity R. Dean, Esq.

Danielle C. Parker

Jay F. Williams

Kamilia K. Landrum

Kathryn J. Smith

Wade J. Solomon


Leonard A. Sanchez
Executive Director

Gary L. Lane
Executive Assistant/Human Resources Director/Senior Law Advocate

Christian Liner, Esq.
Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Couwlier
Sr. Accountant

Brandon Johnson
Sr. Accountant

John Holler, III, Esq.
Senior Attorney of Housing Division

Jean E. Griggs
Community Development/Quality Assurance

Aaron Hopson, J.D.
Director of Children’s Education

Erma Thomas, ESQ
Managing Attorney/Director of Programs/Elder Law & Advocacy Center

Gloria White
Housing Director

Lorinda J. Lindsay, Esq.
Managing Attorney

Jaqi Gwynn
Executive Assistant