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 not-for-profit organizations.
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. Applications are usually available around March 15 of each year. Please contact us at 800-968-9675 to receive a copy.
The scholarship winner is announced at the annual meeting of The 501 Alliance in May of each year and a $2,500 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.
>>> Mr. Klein’s Accomplishments
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.