Since 1994,husband and wife Robert and Ellen Dickman have run the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, providing legal counsel to participants of The Salvation Army Detroit Harbor Light Center, as well as individuals in the community at or below the poverty level.

After nearly two decades of service, the Dickmans have retired and are passing the baton to the clinic’s former assistant director, Amy M. Roemer.

Founded by Robert and Ellen Dickman, The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic was opened as an independent 501(c)3. In 2000, the clinic was absorbed by The Salvation Army. Sincem its inception, the clinic has resolved more than 19,380 cases involving support, custody, advocacy, tickets, probation, parenting time and credit issues.

The idea for a legal clinic came to Robert Dickman while he was working for his family’s construction company. Realizing he wanted to give back to the people of Detroit, he and his wife decided that a legal aid clinic would have the greatest impact on the community.

Robert served as clinic director and lead attorney from the clinic’s opening day until his retirement. A native Detroiter, he earned a business administration degree from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Ellen Dickman served as the clinic’s executive director, since its inception. Originally from New York, she earned an education degree from the State University of New York College of Buffalo. The Bloomfield Hills residents are members of The Salvation Army’s Farmington Hills Community Corp., and they plan to remain active volunteers during their retirement.

Join us in wishing Robert and Ellen well. If you’d like to honor their service to The Salvation Army, feel free to make a contribution by Donating Here.