Chinese American Bar Association Honors Two CVLS Volunteers at 35th Annual Gala

CVLS is thrilled to announce that volunteer attorney, Eric Zhi, was recently honored with the Chinese American Bar Association (CABA) Rising Star Award. The presentation ceremony took place on October 13, 2021 during CABA's 35th Annual Installation Gala at Bridge 410. CVLS Deputy Director, Phil Mohr, was in attendance and ...
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Pro Bono Bond Project Needs Volunteers

Legal representation often determines whether an immigrant remains safely in the United States or is deported without ever having any legal counsel. Additionally, whether or not an immigrant is detained during removal proceedings greatly affects the outcome of their immigration case. While an immigrant can legally have an attorney represent ...
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New Staff Joins the Team

Cristina Martinez, Family Law Staff Attorney After graduating law school, Cristina joined the Immigrant Legal Center in Omaha, Nebraska as the domestic violence staff attorney, where she specialized in working on immigration cases with survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. During law school, Cristina worked a law clerk ...
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No Client Left Behind

Elderly Client's Foreclosure Case Dismissed! When 83-year-old Olivia's escrowed insurance payments spiked, she fell behind on her mortgage payments. Her home went into foreclosure. Once Olivia found her way to CVLS, volunteer attorney Brian Coleman got his first foreclosure case, which he handled with aplomb. Olivia didn't speak English. Jose, ...
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Adult GAL Stars

It's no secret that CVLS volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Pro Bono. Without their sacrifice and dedication, thousands of people would needlessly suffer without representation. We'd like to recognize our amazing Adult GAL volunteers who have signed up for new cases in the last couple months: Adam M. Stern: ...
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Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services is a proud partner of The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). IL-AFLAN is a statewide hotline that provides legal information, advice, brief services (including the preparation and review of legal documents), and referrals to veterans, service members, national guard, reservists, and their spouses and ...
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Locke Lord Success Story

Client Gets Not Only Divorce, but Peace of Mind Evelyn is a mother to two minor children. She arrived at CVLS' legal clinic at St. Procopius Church, seeking legal representation as she had just been served with a petition for divorce filed by her husband. Attorneys from Locke Lord LLP ...
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Early Resolution Program

Evictions, foreclosures, and unresolved debt issues can have a long-lasting, negative impact on someone's future. Our Early Resolution Program (ERP) connects people with lawyers and other resources. This program is available to all residents of Cook County free of charge. An open court case is not needed to get help. ...
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Taking a Closer Look

Clinic Volunteers Successfully Appeal Denial of Unemployment Benefits Renata came to CVLS through the Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic. There, she met with attorney Robert Groszek about an unemployment case. Renata had been released by her employer and denied unemployment benefits. Without any income, she needed legal assistance in learning about ...
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Goodbye Matt

Matthew Hulstein It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of Matthew Hulstein from CVLS. Matt will be starting a new chapter of his life at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid where he will be advocating for low-income Minnesotans. Matt first joined the CVLS family as a college intern ...
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