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Lawyer who slept outdoors raises more than $18,000

December 17, 2017

In this Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 photo, Lisa Walinske, who heads a small law firm in Detroit, smiles outside a makeshift hut where she slept since Nov. 21, to dramatize her need for donations to aid low-income clients. She's determined to sleep outside until she raises "at least" $18,500 for her nonprofit law firm and has a long-term goal to raise $30,000 in six months, as stated on her GoFundMe: Campout for Justice Detroit page. (Bill Laitner/Detroit Free Press via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer who slept outdoors in Detroit for more than three weeks says she’s going back indoors after raising more than $18,000 to help represent poor people.

Wayne County’s chief judge, Robert Colombo Jr., read about Lisa Walinske and delivered a $500 check Friday. He praised Walinske’s work in an interview with the Detroit Free Press and called her “amazing.”

Walinske had been sleeping in a hut made from scrap wood, tarps and other materials since Nov. 21. A sign said, “Campout for Justice.” She wanted to raise at least $18,500 for her nonprofit law firm.

Walinske says people in the Detroit east side neighborhood “need legal justice” and can’t afford a lawyer. She plans to offer classes on knowing your rights as well as environmental law.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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