Federal Cares Act and Evictions: Important Facts that You Should Know

The Federal CARES Act and Evictions FAQ’s for Judges, Landlords, and Tenants in Cook County, Illinois Q: What is the CARES Act? A: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act took effect. Section 4024 of the Act provides renters with temporary relief from certain ...
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Margaret Benson receives recognition for advancing women in law

Congratulations to CVLS' Margaret Benson on being named on of the inaugural honorees for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine's influential Women in Law Awards! The honorees were selected because of their work to advance other women in the profession, and we couldn't agree more with their choice. Well done Meg, and ...
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Talented Tag Team: Kirkland Duo Resolves Adult Guardianship Case

Rebecca Hart, Kirkland & Ellis LLP At Legal Prep Charter Academy in the Garfield Park neighborhood, CVLS partners with the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) to provide legal assistance in the community. Together we host an in-person clinic once a month to help low-income clients with their civil legal needs. ...
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Apr 13 2020

Edelson’s Got the Hook Up: Helping Kids Connect

Although the COVID-19 virus introduced e-learning to children all over Chicago and the suburbs, some children won’t be able to keep up with their classmates because their families can’t afford to buy the necessary computers or tablets. Chicago Public Schools are making sure all CPS children will get computers, but ...
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Strategy Pays: The Best Legal Defense is a Good Legal Offense

Sukhi Kaur of Costello, McMahon, Gilbreth & Murphy, Ltd. Our client was involved in a vehicle collision and was sued by the other driver. Both parties were at fault for different reasons, but CVLS’ client is low-income and was unable to afford the damages sought by the other side. That’s ...
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Eviction Made Fiction! Big Firm Attorney Cures Client Affliction

Candace had been living in the same apartment since 2010. In 2019, her landlord increased her rent to an amount she couldn’t afford. By the time Candace made the decision to move out, it was too late. She had been served with an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent. Ann ...
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Red Envelopes: Justice in Time for Chinese New Year

Eric Zhi practices real estate at Kirkland & Ellis but volunteers his free time at the CVLS Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic. Earlier this year, he successfully handled one of their most complicated and interesting cases. Eric’s elderly client suffers from dementia and ADHD. To make matters worse, she was ...
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CVLS Volunteer Turns Love Story into Immigration Success Story!

Many years ago, D. entered the United States on a tourist visa from Colombia. While he didn’t intend to stay so long, his plans changed when he met and married the love of his life, his husband M. D. recently came to CVLS’ American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Clinic to ...
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Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Board of Directors appointed 15 new members to its Advisory Board last week. All but three new members have served on CVLS’ governing board in the past, eight as president. Christopher N. Skey, a member of the law firm Clark Hill and a former CVLS governing ...
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Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), Chicago’s pre-eminent pro bono civil legal aid provider, will be holding its Annual Award Ceremony from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 10 at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The ceremony recognizes CVLS volunteers who throughout the year have donated their efforts and countless ...
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