Jun 5 2020

Board Elections

New Leadership Takes Stage CVLS’ Board of Directors recently held elections for new members and officers for the upcoming year. Congratulations to Jordan Heinz, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Elizabeth Lewis, McDermott Will & Emery on being elected to serve a second three-year term. We would also like to welcome ...
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Jun 5 2020

CVLS Updates Mission Statement

A New Statement for a new age or 56 years, CVLS has been proud to serve our community by providing high quality legal representation to those who would otherwise be unable to pay for it. First, we started in church basements. Not long after, we expanded to community centers, and ...
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Jun 2 2020

Simple Divorce Stays Simple

A PRO BONO ATTORNEY’S AMICABLE OUTCOME St. Procopius Catholic Church is home to just one of over two dozen clinics run by CVLS in the Chicagoland Community. This clinic meets every second Saturday of the month and is staffed by volunteer attorneys from the nationally recognized firm, Locke Lord LLP. ...
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Jun 2 2020

Creative Will Drafting

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS BRINGS NOVEL LEGAL SOLUTIONS Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, our volunteers are still making a difference in the lives of low-income clients. Protecting against the virus has caused attorneys to be more creative with how they help and advocate for those in need. In ...
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Jun 2 2020

Trusted Guardian ad Litem Pulls Through Again

KEEPING CALM TO PREVENT TRAGEDY If you’ve read our newsletter before, you’ve heard the name, David Gotzh. A longtime volunteer, CVLS award-winner, and Guardian ad Litem for minor children, David handles some of our most challenging cases. His most recent Domestic Relations Child Representative assignment was no exception. CVLS was ...
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Jun 2 2020

Bed Bug Breakthrough!

DYKEMA ATTORNEYS WIN BIG FOR CVLS CLIENT Dealing with an unresponsive landlord can be mentally exhausting and even physically painful. Andrea’s story shows how having a pro bono attorney can make all the difference. Andrea and her teenage son lived together in an apartment building. After her landlord had some ...
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May 28 2020

CVLS OFFERS FREE HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO NEED MORTGAGE RELIEF UNDER CARES ACT

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allows struggling homeowners who have federally-backed mortgages to pause mortgage payments for at least six months and up to one year. Once payments resume, lenders must review the homeowners for a range of payment options, including loan modifications. The ...
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May 11 2020

Federal Cares Act and Evictions: Important Facts that You Should Know

The Federal CARES Act and Evictions FAQ’s for Judges, Landlords, and Tenants in Cook County, Illinois Q: What is the CARES Act? A: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act took effect. Section 4024 of the Act provides renters with temporary relief from certain ...
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May 11 2020

Margaret Benson receives recognition for advancing women in law

Congratulations to CVLS' Margaret Benson on being named on of the inaugural honorees for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine's influential Women in Law Awards! The honorees were selected because of their work to advance other women in the profession, and we couldn't agree more with their choice. Well done Meg, and ...
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Apr 22 2020

Talented Tag Team: Kirkland Duo Resolves Adult Guardianship Case

Rebecca Hart, Kirkland & Ellis LLP At Legal Prep Charter Academy in the Garfield Park neighborhood, CVLS partners with the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) to provide legal assistance in the community. Together we host an in-person clinic once a month to help low-income clients with their civil legal needs. ...
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