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CVLS-Supervised 3L Finalizes Divorce for Single Parent!

Maribel is a single mother raising two teenagers in the city of Chicago. She and her husband were married in 2012, but after her husband was deported five years ago, Maribel had to fend for herself as the sole caretaker of her 16 and 17-year-olds. It was about time for ...
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Social Security Success

Senior's Benefits Reinstated Ukrainian-born client, Ganna, was notified by the Social Security Administration that her benefits were terminated after a short stay at a long-term care facility following an acute health issue. A senior with a disability and limited English-speaking ability, Ganna needed an experienced attorney in her corner to ...
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DePaul Law Student Navigates International Divorce!

M and her husband were married in Chicago just before the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, like many couples, their relationship became strained during the pandemic, and the parties separated. Originally from Australia, M's husband returned to his home country. M needed a divorce. After CVLS Staff Attorney, Lupe Garcia, who manages ...
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In First Pro Bono Case with CVLS, JUF  Volunteer Saves Family Home

Brittany and her family were staring down homelessness when her father, the sole income earner in the household, contracted a severe case of COVID-19. Although he  eventually recovered, he couldn't work as a laborer during his illness. When they weren't able to pay their mortgage, a foreclosure suit was filed. ...
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Public Benefits Attorney Remedies Overpayment Problem for Adult with Disability

The Jewish United Fund (JUF) Evelyn R. Greene Clinic partners with CVLS to provide civil legal help to low-income clients like U. and his mother. U. is an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Due to his diagnoses, U. is unable to work and qualifies ...
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Sidley Fellow (Now Associate!) Finalizes Urgent SIJS Case

Kathy Jara is no stranger to CVLS. Formerly a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow, Kathy continued to volunteer with us while working as a Corporate Associate with Sidley Austing. Kathy focuses her pro bono work with CVLS on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which allows children to pursue immigration ...
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Estate Planning Services Delivered

Volunteer Takes the Extra Step! V. contacted CVLS volunteer attorneys at the Legal Prep Community Law Clinic. She explained her need to execute a will as soon as possible. Unfortunately, V. is under hospice care and cannot travel to meet with an attorney in person. Due to the sensitive timeline, ...
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Two-Year Divorce Comes to a Close Thanks to ArentFox Schiff Volunteer

Alex Becker agreed to represent Christine in her complex divorce case as a first-year associate in 2021. Little did Alex know his advocacy would span two years until the case was finalized in December 2023. Christine is the primary caretaker of four minor children. Her goal in the divorce was ...
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First-Year Law Student Handles Urgent Guardianship Case for Mexican Consulate

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 ...
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Volunteer Achieves Quick Settlement!

Post-Decree Divorce Case Resolved with GAL's Help Family law cases can be messy and complicated. It takes empathy and patience to resolve interpersonal conflicts between parents. That's why CVLS is so thankful to have volunteers like Katie Wishnew willing to jump in the middle of divorce cases to represent the ...
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