Clinic Closing its Digital Doors after Need Subsides

After two years, the Lawyers Helping Our Community Legal Clinic will be closing down. Always intended to be temporary, the virtual legal clinic was designed to help Chicago's Asian community deal with legal issues arising from COVID-19. As the chaos surrounding the pandemic subsides, so too has the need for ...
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Kathy Receives Richard O’Malley Pro Bono Achievement Award

Kathy Koester, CVLS' Clinic Coordinator Extraordinaire, was recently presented with the Richard O'Malley Pro Bono Achievement Award by Sidley Austin. The award was to recognize her amazing work supporting their pro bono clinic at the Near West Side Salvation Army. Kristen, Rebekah, Phil and Meg were there to cheer her ...
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Dancing With Fire

Volunteer Favorably Settles Tort Case Christopher is passionate about a unique hobby: fire dancing. He perfects his craft on the weekends and is also the owner of an entertain company that connects fire dancers with restaurants who need performers. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christopher helped schedule a dancer for ...
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Rookie Child Rep Volunteer Helps Settle Contentious Family Law Case

In early 2021, CVLS was appointed as Child Representative for a three-year-old boy in a highly contested custody case. The mother had filed a Petition for Order of Protection, alleging that that father abused alcohol, was violent toward the mother, and threatened to kidnap the child. Both parties were low-income ...
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Legal Research Pays Off

Over $100,000 in Student Loans Forgiven William came to CVLS with an interesting yet troubling problem. About twenty years ago, he co-signed his brother Robert's student loans with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in order for Robert to attend graduate school. Robert finished school successfully and began paying the ...
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Kirkland Volunteers Navigate Bumpy Road to Settlement!

On the first Tuesday of each month, CVLS, the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), and Legal Prep Charter Academy work together to bring access to justice to low-income clients in the community. Volunteer attorneys interview potential clients and address their legal issues either by providing legal advice on the spot ...
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New leadership for Adult GAL program

Lisa Murphy, Director, Adult Guardianship GAL Program CVLS congratulates Lisa Murphy who has been promoted to Director of the Adult Guardianship GAL Program. Lisa joined CVLS in 2018 after previously interning with us and gaining experience in guardianship, family law, decedent estates and real estate in private practice. She brings ...
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This Year’s DePaul Family Law Field Clinic Highlights

CVLS Deputy Director, Phil Mohr, and Supervising Attorney, Rob Zielinski, partner with DePaul University College of Law each year to give licensed law students the opportunity to represent low-income clients through the DePaul Family Law Field Clinic. Phil and Rob team up to supervise four to eight DePaul students on ...
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Foreclosure Case Dismissed

JUF Volunteer Goes Above and Beyond! Our volunteers are made of stern stuff - they're known to handle complicated and difficult cases. Steven Friedman took one such case through our Jewish United Fund (JUF) clinic over two years ago. The client, Lloyd, came to CVLS because he had been served ...
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Co-Parenting Comes True

Navy Veteran Reunited with Daughter O., a veteran of the U.S. Navy, recently separated from his long-term partner. They were raising a five-year-old daughter when their relationship ended. After O. moved out of their shared residence, he wanted to ensure consistent access to his child and meet his child support ...
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