A long-standing history of helping
Southeastern Michigan Administrative Services Group (SEMASG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that comprises three subsidiaries, including 613 Abbott Corporation, Metropolitan Justice Center of Southeast Michigan (MJCSEM) and Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD).
Though SEMASG is a newly formed parent company, our history is rich and dates back more than a century ago. The oldest provider of free legal services to low-income residents in Michigan, our Legal Aid and Defender Association began providing legal services in 1909, when two brothers, Henry M. Butzel and Fred Butzel—both attorneys—formed Legal Aid Bureau to address the legal needs of the poverty stricken in Detroit. The goal of this organization was to help clients with civil matters like consumer disputes, unpaid wages, domestic relations, and immigration and naturalization issues. While Legal Aid Bureau is known today as Legal Aid and Defender Association, the foundational objective remains the same: offering high-quality civil legal services to low-income residents at no cost.
In 1968, we began helping clients charged in criminal cases, too, through the State Defender Office. And, in the 1970s, the Federal Defender Office was added.
Today, the future is bright for SEMASG. Our organization is proud to provide low-income residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties with civil legal services through LAD, as well as with criminal legal services through the federal and state divisions of the Metropolitan Justice Center of Southeast Michigan.