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Upcoming Events

New Volunteer Orientation

Sit down with a CVLS staff attorney as they take you through the ins and outs of being a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services volunteer.

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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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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of protection available to immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent. On Tuesday Feb 28, CVLS is partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center to host a SIJS training for pro bono attorneys. Participants will learn how to file these cases in different types of courts in IL, as well as best practices for preparing the orders and working with clients.

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Adult GAL Office Hours – To Zoom or not to Zoom?: Remote Investigations in a “Post-Covid” World

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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New Volunteer Orientation

Sit down with a CVLS staff attorney as they take you through the ins and outs of being a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services volunteer.

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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 Minors 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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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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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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GAL for Minors 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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