Committed to Helping Community: People’s Law School

Left:  Stephen Sinas practices law at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing, MI.  He represents people in personal injury cases throughout Michigan. On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Sinas will be presenting the “Implications of the Affordable Care Act” session for the People’s Law School.  The school provides the community with the opportunity to be educated about legal issues for a minimal cost.  Courtesy photo


 By Tammy Shabluk

LANSING, MI — Since it was founded in 1951, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm has always demonstrated a genuine commitment to improving the quality of life in the greater Lansing community. This tradition of community service began in the early 1950s when Thomas G. Sinas and his partner, Lee C. Dramis, were confronted with an unusual circumstance at years end. 
A client of the law firm, a fruit and vegetable vendor, was unable to pay his bill for legal services. Therefore, instead of money, he offered to give the Sinas Dramis Law Firm a truckload of bananas. The offer was accepted by Tom Sinas and Lee Dramis, who then borrowed the client’s truck and distributed the bananas, without charge, to needy families in the Lansing area. The event immediately caught the attention of the local newspaper, which ran a story about the charitable efforts of the two young attorneys.
Ever since those early years, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm has made a significant effort to improve the quality of life in the greater Lansing area. 
The Sinas Dramis Law Firm, in partnership with the Michigan Association for Justice and Wayne State University Law School will soon begin “The People’s Law School” classes.  Held over seven consecutive weeks every fall, the People’s Law School has educated thousands of Michigan residents regarding the legal system that governs our lives.  
“People’s Law School is meant to educate our community about important legal issues.  We welcome all members of the greater Lansing area to attend People’s Law School so they can better understand their rights and how our legal system works.  We are very excited about our line-up of speakers this year!”  Stephen Sinas, attorney.
The faculty is comprised of justices, judges, elected officials, seasoned attorneys, and law professors, and allows students an opportunity to engage with some of the best and brightest the Michigan legal community has to offer. Each week features a new speaker who has shown a commitment to excellence in his or her specific legal field. Discussions range from practical advice in areas such as Michigan no-fault and family law, to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court and the cutting-edge topics that shape our worldview and define our nation.
“I attended People’s Law School and am going to go again this year because of the quality of the speakers and range of hot topics. You can get a crash course in a legal subject in just a couple hours from respected sources. I highly recommend it for everyone regardless of education level. “ says Mary Pollack.
The People’s Law School is a seven-week program open to the community and provides an opportunity for non-lawyers to learn about the legal system.  Classes typically include a lecture followed by a question and answer session.   The People’s Law School is held each week starting on September 9, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and finishing on October 21, 2014.  It is $25.00 for the seven week session or $7.00 for each individual class.  You must preregister.  All classes will be held at the Hannanh Community Center, 819 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI.
To register send an email to [email protected] or mail a check payable to James Tuck Memorial Fund – 6639 Centurion Drive, Ste 120 Lansing, MI 48917.  For questions visit the Michigan Association for Justice at or call Kristi at 517-321-3073.
People’s Law School Schedule
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Michigan Automobile No-Fault Law
George T. Sinas, Attorney
Tuesday, September 16, 2104
Implications of the Affordable Care Act
Stephen H. Sinas, Attorney
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Family Law
Honorable Laura Baird & Jackie Dupler, Attorney
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Homeland Security & Immigration
General Mike McDaniel
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Election Law
Dean Jocelyn Benson
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Capital Punishment in America
Professor Kathy Swedlow
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
History of Negligence Law in America
Professor Charles Palmer
You must pregister call Kristi at 517-321-3073.   Classes will be held at the Hannanh Community Center, 819 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI.