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

Chairperson
Carrie L.P. Gray, ESQ
Chairperson
Vice Chairperson
James E. Brenner, ESQ
Vice Chairperson
Member
Charles Nolan
Member
Member
Veronica A. Madrigal, Ph.d
Member
Secretary
Sandra Peppers
Secretary
Member
George Winn
Member
Treasurer
Lillian Bullard
Treasurer
Secretary
Thomas G. Hardy, ESQ
Secretary
Member
Avis Holmes
Member
Parliamentarian
David K. Tillman, ESQ
Parliamentarian
Member
Charles H. Brown, ESQ
Member
Member
Elizabeth Brooks
Member

Staff

Executive Director
Leonard A. Sanchez
Executive Director
Housing Director
Gloria White
Housing Director
Director of Children's Education
Aaron Hopson, ESQ
Director of Children's Education
Accountant
Ed Provost
Accountant
Senior Attorney of Housing Division
John Holler, III
Senior Attorney of Housing Division
Community Development/Quality Assurance
Jean Griggs
Community Development/Quality Assurance
Managing Attorney, Director of Programs, Elder Law & Advocacy Center
Kathleen Graham, ESQ
Managing Attorney, Director of Programs, Elder Law & Advocacy Center
Managing Attorney
Lorinda Lindsey
Managing Attorney
Executive Assistant
Jaqueline Sekander
Executive Assistant
Executive Assistant
Gary L. Lane
Executive Assistant