Incubator Attorney Program

The Incubator Attorney Program is designed to provide a supportive environment for select new law graduates who are committed to beginning a solo or small firm practice serving low and moderate income clients.   For an application, please contact Rebecca Nowak, Director, Clinical Operations and Outreach at

The Program is limited to two recent law graduates who have been admitted to practice in Michigan and who have proof of malpractice insurance. Participants enter the Program with a commitment to building a practice representing clients on a low-bono or sliding fee scale. Participants also agree to provide at least 100 hours of pro bono legal services.  In exchange for this commitment, participants receive work space, computer with internet access, access to printing, on-going training and mentoring, networking opportunities, and a variety of other resources necessary to build their own independent and sustainable law practice.

The Incubator Attorney Program was first established in October 2014 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the American Bar Association. Initial funding for the Program was provided by the American Bar Association through the Legal Access Job Corps Catalyst Grant Program, a highly competitive one-year grant awarded to only seven organizations nationwide. Detroit Mercy Law was one of only two law schools to receive this grant.  Since the inception of this program, eleven attorneys have participated in the Attorney Incubator Program to launch their own legal practices.


2020 Incubator Attorneys & Events

Samia Abbas YagerSamia Abbas Yager completed the incubator program in 2019.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2015.  After working as an immigration attorney at a large law firm, in 2017, Samia opened her own solo firm as an immigration attorney, Signature Legal Services, PLC.  Samia represents families and corporations with their immigration needs. Samia also has a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor.  Samia can be reached at (313) 915-2912.