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We proudly support and promote the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area's poor and working poor.

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Upcoming Events

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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New Volunteer Orientation

Come to one of our new volunteer orientations and learn the ins and outs of being a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services volunteer. Please note, you must be an attorney to sign up for one of our new volunteer orientations.

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Seminar: Child Rep – Interviewing Children and Other Issues

The panel will be about best practices for interviewing children as Child Reps and GALs in Domestic Relations.

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Vino + Van Gogh 2020

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. In order to practice proper social distancing, Vino + Van Gogh 2020 will be held online!

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Minor GAL Training

Debi Martin, CVLS staff attorney in 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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Seminar: Chapter 7 Bankruptcies

With COVID-19 and the economic downturn, many people will need to file for Bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers Sal Lopez and Justin Storer will review the basics of Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, including pre-filing considerations, alternatives, using Best Case, handling a trustee meeting, and more. When the training is over, you’ll be ready to take your first Chapter 7 case!

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