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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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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