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Upcoming Events

Seminar: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – How to Obtain a Predicate Order in State Court

Join us on October 14 as we cover Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and how to obtain a predicate order in state court.

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Child Representative Training

Often in contested child custody cases in divorce or parentage court, the court or parties will seek the appointment of a child representative to assist in the custody determination. Learn the court process when a child representative is appointed and the role and duties of the child rep from our distinguished panel of presenters.

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GAL for Disabled Adults Training

Lisa Murphy, CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults staff attorney, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for adult guardianship cases and the issues that may arise during adult guardianship cases. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for adults through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

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Minor GAL Training

Debi Martin, Supervising Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for Minors program, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for a minor as well as the issues that may come up during the case. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for children through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

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Early Resolution Program Training

Trained volunteers will be matched with appropriate clients for legal advice, including information about alternatives to litigation such as rental assistance, mediation, and repayment plans. Volunteers will also be able to represent clients in Zoom mediation sessions, and if necessary, prepare settlement agreements or court documents.

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Seminar: What to Know About the Migrant Displacement : Recent actions by TX, FL, and AZ moving migrants to “sanctuary cities”

Chicago has recently seen buses of Central American migrants delivered to Union Station without notice or warning. These people had no idea they were coming here and no idea what they will do now. Other sanctuary cities are getting their own groups sent by Florida and Texas governors. However, beyond the obvious headlines, these migrants come with practical and legal issues and an obvious need for pro bono legal assistance. CVLS Immigration Attorney Massiel Tarango will introduce the issues and discuss some options for possible relief.

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Vino + Van Gogh 2022

Vino + Van Gogh is a wonderful opportunity for all professionals to enjoy art, food, music and drinks while mingling with old friends and making new connections.

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Early Resolution Program Training

Trained volunteers will be matched with appropriate clients for legal advice, including information about alternatives to litigation such as rental assistance, mediation, and repayment plans. Volunteers will also be able to represent clients in Zoom mediation sessions, and if necessary, prepare settlement agreements or court documents.

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Adult GAL Office Hours – Drafting Your GAL Report – how much is too much?

Join Adult GAL Director Lisa Murphy during Office Hours. Each session, Lisa will cover a topic relevant to an intermediate GAL investigation and will host a discussion to answer volunteers’ questions about their own cases.

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