Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services is a proud partner of The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN). IL-AFLAN is a statewide hotline that provides legal information, advice, brief services (including the preparation and review of legal documents), and referrals to veterans, service members, national guard, reservists, and their spouses and ...
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Locke Lord Success Story

Client Gets Not Only Divorce, but Peace of Mind Evelyn is a mother to two minor children. She arrived at CVLS' legal clinic at St. Procopius Church, seeking legal representation as she had just been served with a petition for divorce filed by her husband. Attorneys from Locke Lord LLP ...
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Early Resolution Program

Evictions, foreclosures, and unresolved debt issues can have a long-lasting, negative impact on someone's future. Our Early Resolution Program (ERP) connects people with lawyers and other resources. This program is available to all residents of Cook County free of charge. An open court case is not needed to get help. ...
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Taking a Closer Look

Clinic Volunteers Successfully Appeal Denial of Unemployment Benefits Renata came to CVLS through the Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic. There, she met with attorney Robert Groszek about an unemployment case. Renata had been released by her employer and denied unemployment benefits. Without any income, she needed legal assistance in learning about ...
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Goodbye Matt

Matthew Hulstein It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of Matthew Hulstein from CVLS. Matt will be starting a new chapter of his life at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid where he will be advocating for low-income Minnesotans. Matt first joined the CVLS family as a college intern ...
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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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