About SLC


The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice is a national non-profit, public-interest law center.¬†We provide legal advocacy, representation, education and technical support to empower community groups, workers’ rights groups and individuals seeking systemic change toward economic and social justice.

Throughout its history Sugar Law has highlighted the interdependence of civil and economic rights, pursuing economic justice by supporting grassroots campaigns for a living wage, representing communities of color in challenging environmental racism, and pressing for corporate and government accountability.

Sugar Law is dedicated to helping individuals, community organizations, unions, attorneys, and other people who are working for social justice. In some cases, we offer direct legal representation or assistance in grassroots efforts. For others, we offer legal support, expert advice, or referrals to private attorneys skilled in specific fields. We engage in public education around important issues of economic justice. We have also been consulted by governmental bodies seeking advice as they enact protections for workers and community members.

The Sugar Law Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible under the terms of the taxSugar Law Button law.

Sugar Law is headquartered in Detroit, but our work helps people and communities across the United States. We are available on a case-by-case basis to provide legal representation or other advocacy anywhere in the country. For more information, contact us. (Please note that we are not, and should not be viewed as, the attorneys in a case until we formally agree to represent you.)

In most cases, we provide our services for free or at a rate affordable by those in need. Sometimes we will recover the cost of our services through court-awarded fees. To ensure that we can continue to provide no-cost or low-cost services to those who need them, we also depend on grants and tax-deductible donations. Our limited resources mean we have to select issues carefully to ensure we have maximum impact.

A regular newsletter informs supporters about our recent events and ongoing work.

Sugar Law’s legal staff currently includes two full-time attorneys, part-time and contract attorneys, and volunteer attorneys, as well as legal interns. The staff works closely with cooperating counsel on all litigation, thus ensuring that we maintain a national focus and operate efficiently and effectively.

Sugar Law’s work has been covered by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, local newspapers around the country, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, National Public Radio, Detroit Metrotimes, and the National Law Journal, among other publications.