PALS (Providing Access to Legal Services) Committee


If you have a passion for promoting and improving access to legal services for all, you can reach out and make a difference in the Oakland County community with the PALS Committee.

The Providing Access to Legal Services (PALS) Committee develops and hosts programs that provide legal assistance and an understanding of the legal system within the community. The activities of this committee help emphasize the positive presence of lawyers in society.


The Providing Access to Legal Services Committee (PALS) promotes community access to legal services by way of pro bono legal advice and general education to the public. The PALS Committee also strives to provide the public with an opportunity to interact with and access the local bar and available community resources as needed.


Committee members help plan and implement a variety of legal assistance and educational programs throughout the year. The PALS Committee meets  on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the OCBA offices in Bloomfield Hills. 

NOTE: Meeting times and locations are subject to change. Click on the Calendar of Events to view specific meeting information.


To join the PALS Committee, email Merri Lee Jones or call the OCBA at (248) 334-3400. 


The PALS Committee is hard at work looking for alternatives to their traditional Senior Law Days so they continue to safely serve the senior population during the pandemic. They are considering conducting an outdoor legal aid clinic in Waterford in late May/early June as a replacement for Senior Law Day. The tented event would run for a couple of hours on a Friday.

They are also looking into having committee members contribute to a column in the Senior Center’s newsletter. This is something that could be offered to multiple senior centers throughout Oakland County.




Heather Herbert (Chair)
(248) 530-9330




Alec Ohryn (Vice Chair)
(248) 355-5555