Chicago Volunteer Legal Services partners with many community partners and social services organization to provide quality pro bono representation to low-income clients. One such partnership is with the Mexican Consulate, the aim of which is to offer free services to Mexican Nationals in need of legal assistance in the United States.
Recently, CVLS was asked to take on an emergency case involving the mother of a seven-year-old girl. The child’s mother was terminally ill with cancer, had a prognosis of imminent death, and needed to ensure the future care of her child. The mother’s adult stepdaughter, an officer with the Chicago Police Department, was willing to take on the important role of guardian to care for and make decisions on behalf of the child after her mother’s death.
Under the supervision of Director Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Hsueh-Chi Chen, a first-year law student at the University of Iowa College of Law, helped the family arrange for guardianship. Hsueh-Chi worked with diligence and compassion during this emotionally difficult time for her client’s family. With Hsueh-Chi’s help, the family now has a secure plan to move forward that is in the best interests of a young girl who suffered the unfortunate loss of a parent.