Changes to Eviction sealing Coming Soon

Changes to Eviction Sealing July 31, 2022 Illinois tenants have just two more months to take advantage of eviction sealing laws that expire July 31, 2022. These laws make it easier than ever for tenants to seal old eviction records and secure better, safer housing. CVLS volunteers assist clients with ...
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Adoption Volunteer Shines Bright in Multiple Cases

CVLS has some outstanding volunteers. There are those who are always willing to take new cases and provide help whenever there are clients in need. Sandy Morris is one of those consistent heavy hitters; she frequently reaches out to us to represent clients in adoption matters. Sandy recently helped two ...
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ARK Volunteer’s Intervention Provides Fresh Start

The ARK is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping Chicagoland's Jewish community. They engage the services of professionals and volunteers to provide medical, legal, and social assistance to those in need. CVLS partners with the ARK to connect low-income clients with volunteer attorneys. In September 2021, Jeffrey was evicted from ...
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Driving Record Cleared

Volunteer's Attention to Detail Solves Odd Legal Issue Charles came to CVLS with a unique problem. In 2017, he was charged and convicted of driving a vehicle without insurance in DuPage County. As a result, his driver's license had been suspended, and, if he wanted to drive again, he had ...
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Legal Prep Clinic Back in Form!

Pair of Housing Clients Served by Crowell Associates The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down many aspects of daily life, including CVLS' neighborhood clinics. But since the beginning of 2022, Kathy Koester and our clinic chairs have been working to restore access to justice for low-income clients in their communities. Our Community ...
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May 10 2022

CVLS and Enova Partner to Build Loan Modification Calculators to Protect Homeowners In Foreclosure

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) is excited to announce the COVID Loan Modification Calculator, a key tool for attorneys and consumer advocates across the United States to help homeowners keep their homes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The calculator will be an essential tool to help legal advocates ...
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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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