2021 Santa Program a Smashing Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to the 2021 CVLS Santa Program. With your help, we were able to provide holiday gifts to over 130 children this year. Volunteers ranged from law students and solo practitioners to groups at large firms and corporations. We could not be ...
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Reverse Mortgage Headache Cured

JUF Client Achieves Financial Stability Reverse mortgages can be a good tool for older clients to tap into their home's equity, but they can get complicated for the rest of the family when the homeowner dies. Our client, Z., separated from her husband over 25 years ago. Z. remained in ...
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Unemployment Appeal Victory

Restoring a Client's Faith in Justice CVLS and the Chinese American Service League (CASL) partner to provide pro bono legal assistance to clients on a wide range of legal issues. CASL Legal Services  provides equal access to justice to Asian Americans who meet  income and residency requirements. CASL's work  during ...
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The Best Offence is an Aggressive Defense

Client's Defamation Suit Dismissed Poverty often exacerbates unjust situations. Without resources, our clients can feel helpless in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. CVLS tries to relieve that burden by providing access to free legal representation to those who need it most. This is Tabitha's story. Tabitha was a manager ...
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Getting the Facts Straight

Thorough Investigation Absolves Client Edith came to CVLS with a conundrum. She was being sued for damages caused by a car accident, but she didn't know anything about the collision, or the parties involved. The plaintiff's claim was that since the driver was operating Edith's car, she was responsible. That ...
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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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