The Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship Fund was established
to honor Harry Klein and his wife Shirley. Mr. Klein spent his entire
legal career in public service, particularly in support of nonprofit and
The goal of the Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship Fund is
to financially assist those who demonstrate a desire and ability to
follow in the philosophy and humanity rendered by Harry Klein to social
services agencies, nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, the
disadvantaged and the underprivileged.
The scholarship is open to anyone presently enrolled in a law school
located in the State of Michigan. Candidates submit essays indicating
how their background and qualifications fit with what Harry Klein tried
to do with his life.
The scholarship winner is announced at the annual meeting of The 501
Alliance in May of each year and a $1,000 scholarship is awarded.
The primary founders of the fund are The 501 Alliance and the Human
Services Association for Worker’s Compensation, which Mr. Klein helped
to establish in 1972.
After graduation from Wayne State University Law School, Mr. Klein
became a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society, which later became
known as the Legal Aid and Defender Association of Detroit.
After twenty-four years of direct
service to the community, he took on additional responsibilities as
agency counsel for United Community Services (UCS) of Metropolitan
Detroit and many of its member agencies and organizations.
While a trial lawyer
at Legal Aid, Mr. Klein was instrumental in establishing legislation
protecting children’s rights and the rights of battered women,
long before public concern about these issues reached its current
level. As United Community Services agency counsel, Harry Klein
actively represented more then seventy agencies. His department
became known as the “Legal Aid for Agencies.” He was also
integral in the formation and organization of a multitude of
nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations. Over the years, Mr.
Klein developed expertise in agency matters and lectured throughout
the country on the subject and in support of a variety of social
services agencies and issues.
For additional information, please contact The 501 Alliance at 800-968-9675.