Keeping Chicago Pro Bono Alive During Pandemic

Local Firms Answer the Call CVLS would like to thank attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, Winston & Strawn and K&L Gates for being an essential part of our remote intake program last year. When the pandemic hit and our in-house panel intakes and our neighborhood clinics were forced ...
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“My Happiest Case Yet!”

GAL Recommends Return of Children to Mother Those who practice family law know that "happy ending" is not necessarily a phrase thrown around often. But occasionally, a case ends in a such a heart-warming way that you remember why you work or volunteer in this area. That is what keeps ...
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New Clinic Strikes Again

LHOC Assists with Severe Medical Issues One of CVLS' newest clinics, Lawyers Helping Our Community (LHOC), was recently able to provide legal support to a client with major health problems. In 2017, the client was involved in a car accident without proper insurance coverage. He owed about $16,000 to the ...
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Condominium Miscommunication

Pro Bono Attorney Resolves Parking Space Dispute Ms. R. has owned and lived with her school-aged daughter in her Rogers Park one-bedroom condominium for over two years . . For the past year, Ms. R. noticed poor water drainage near her designated parking space at the building. Water accumulated on ...
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Rule 23 Amended

Chief Justice Anne M. Burke and the Illinois Supreme Court announced the amendment of Rule 23, effective Jan. 1, 2021. The amendment allows litigants to cite unpublished opinions from the Illinois Appellate Courts for persuasive purposes. "Changes to Rule 23 have been discussed and studied for a long time," Chief ...
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Starting the Year off Right

Adult GAL Volunteers Aren't Waiting to Get Going 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. With 2021 just underway, we'd like to recognize our amazing Adult GAL volunteers who have already ...
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Collision Conundrum!

Clinic Volunteer Curbs Catastrophe CVLS' mission is to help not only low-income families but Chicago's working poor. We are often able to represent clients who earn an income and might not financially qualify for traditional legal aid services. The following story about Mr. B. illustrates why our wider approach to ...
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Achievement Unlocked

Board Member Recognized for a Lifetime of Pro Bono Congratulations to CVLS Board Member, Elaine Sit, for receiving the Chinese American bar Association of Greater Chicago’s (CABA) Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award! The award is presented to a member who has displayed a lifetime of exemplary service to ...
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Lou to the Rescue

Volunteer GAL Aids Adult with Disability In Adult Guardianship cases, CVLS volunteers are often called upon to act as Guardians ad Litem (GALs) to represent the best interests of adults with disabilities. It is the GAL’s role to investigate the parties and facts of each case, and to ensure that ...
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Review and Restore

CVLS Junior Board Member Wins Housing Voucher Case! In November 2017, Eunice was in a car accident that injured her shoulder and caused a blood clot in her lungs. Just days before the accident, Eunice’s daughter had signed a lease for her own apartment in Indiana under a different housing ...
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