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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Making a Difference

PCAP Founder Receives Well Deserved Award Longtime CVLS volunteer, Richard A. Campbell of Mayer Brown, recently received the ISBA’s 2019-20 John C. MaAndrews Pro Bono Service Award. The award, named in memory of Rock Island attorney John McAndrews, was established to honor the extraordinary commitment of individuals, bar associations or law firms/corporate legal ...
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Ensuring a Proper Return

Nine-Year-Old Reunited with Mom after GAL Investigation A first went to live with her aunt when she was seven years old. The aunt got guardianship because A’s mother was arrested after her husband physically disciplined another child. When A.’s mother asked the Court to discharge guardianship and return the child, ...
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COVID Relief

CVLS FIGHTS TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES DURING PANDEMIC The Illinois General Assembly dedicated $396 million of it’s $3.5 billion in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to providing COVID-19 rental and mortgage assistance. The Illinois Housing and Development Authority, the state’s housing finance agency, announced the distribution of these ...
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Landlord Legal Challenge

CVLS FIGHTS TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES DURING PANDEMIC Last March, Governor Pritzker ordered a moratorium on evictions through July 31 as part of his lock-down order. In late June, when a group of landlords filed a lawsuit opposing the moratorium as unconstitutional, legal aid took on the challenge ...
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Getting Out of His Comfort Zone

Private Litigator Makes Excellent GAL Brian Roth is a partner at the law firm of Gordon & Rees. Day to day, he focuses on business, employment, toxic tort, and product liability litigation. But did you know Brian also has a soft spot for representing the best interests of children? In ...
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