Nightmare No More!

GAL Settles Tricky Custody Case In late 2020, CVLS was appointed as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in a domestic relations case for two children: an 8-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. The children's mother sought to restrict the father's parenting time due to an ongoing DCFS abuse investigation. Our volunteer, ...
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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: Angelica M. Felix: ...
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Another Remote Success

Pandemic-Era Guardianship Case Resolved Spanish-speaking clients, Adolfo and Guadalupe, sought guardianship of their daughter. They are the parents of an adult with an intellectual disability who cannot make personal and financial decisions for herself. The clients needed guardianship in order to care for and make decisions on her behalf. Adolfo ...
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Helping where it’s needed

Schiff Hardin and Howard Area Community Center Partner to Support Single Mother in Divorce CVLS operates over two dozen neighborhood clinics throughout the Chicagoland area. Some operate out of the main CVLS downtown office, but most can be found at religious and cultural points of interest in our clients' communities. ...
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Overpayment Waived

Chinatown Clinic Volunteer Drafts Winning Appeal! One day, client Ruby received a notice in the mail from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). IDES is the part of the Illinois state government that administers state unemployment benefits. In their letter to Ruby, they claimed that Ruby had been overpaid ...
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Illinois Eviction Moratorium Safe… For Now

Hot off the presses! The eviction moratorium is safe for now, on the narrowest possible ground in the appellate court. In sum, the Circuit Court judge denied the landlord's motion for a preliminary injunction, finding the balancing of the equities favored the governor. The participation of 29 legal aid organizations ...
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FALA launches initiative to assist frontline workers with power of attorney documents

FALA Chicago is expanding it's pro bono clinic, Attorney's Giving Legal Advice, with a campaign to provide powers of attorney to healthcare frontliners and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. AGiLA is the first and only pro bono legal clinic in the Midwest dedicated to delivering efficient legal aid to ...
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Strength of Conversation

Volunteer Acts as Voice for Adult with Disability Marcos A. Resendiz, Esq. CVLS was recently appointed to represent the best interests of an adult with dementia as her Guardian ad Litem (GAL). At the time, the adult, Ms. F., was 79 years old and residing at a homeless shelter in ...
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Hitting the Ground Running

New Volunteer Tackles Two Adoption Cases Randi Cigelnik, Of Counsel, American Property Casualty Insurers Association In late 2019, volunteers from two different CVLS clinics met with two clients: Britney and Ashley. The clients are friends, and both sought to adopt children from the same biological mother who left the children ...
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Quarles & Brady Team Stops Miscommunication from Turning into Misfortune

Gerardo J. Delgado, Associate, Quarles & Brady LLP Amy L. Lenz, Associate, Quarles & Brady LLP Stephanie M. Moon, Associate, Quarles & Brady LLP Michael G. Zolfo, Associate, Quarles & Brady LLP Mercedes is a Spanish-speaking client who was involved in a car accident in March 2016. At the outset, ...
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