detroit justice center


 Photo by AJ.


The Detroit Justice Center (DJC) is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities,
transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.



Amanda Alexander
Executive Director & Founder

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Legal Director

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Staff Attorney
Legal Services Practice


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Staff Attorney
Economic Equity Practice

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Office Manager/Paralegal



The following individuals have provided guidance and support in DJC’s initial stages, and will continue to lend their expertise and wisdom as the organization grows:


Shane Bernardo, Detroit Equity Action Lab / Uprooting Racism Planting Justice

Michael Carter, Federal Defender Office / ACLU of Michigan Board

Gina Clayton, Essie Justice Group

Mark Fancher, ACLU of Michigan

James Forman, Jr., Yale Law School

Dorcas Gilmore, George Washington University Law School / Gilmore Khandar, LLC

Alana Greer, Community Justice Project

Peter Hammer, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University Law School

Thomas Harvey, The Bail Project

Deborah LaBelle, Senior Soros Justice Fellow / Law Offices of Deborah A. LaBelle

Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

Tawana Petty, James and Grace Lee Boggs Center / Detroit Community Technology Project

Brandy Robinson, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission / Federal Defender Office

Sheba Rogers, Detroit Promise of Place Program, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Purvi Shah, Movement Law Lab

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Law for Black Lives

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Soros Justice Fellow / University of Michigan

Linda VanderWaal, Re-Entry Program, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency

Vince Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights


Made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including: