One Undergraduate Student Helps Another toward Pathway to Citizenship

CVLS was excited to host Northwestern undergraduate student, Tess Ballis, for an internship last summer. Bilingual, professional, hard-working, and kind, Tess was an incredible asset to the Minor Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Programs. Last week, Tess wrapped up one of her cases with the ...
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Senior Client Fixes Bank Misstep with Help of Clinic Volunteer

Katherine is 83 years old. She pays her monthly cell phone bill by mailing a check for about $100 to her cell phone carrier. One month, Katherine learned that one of her checks had been stolen, altered, and deposited into someone else's account. This caused a withdrawal of $3,900 on ...
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Neighborly Client Avoids Eviction

CVLS Depositions Result in Settlement Kalvina has lived at the same public housing development since 2013. She's popular in her community and known by everyone as a good neighbor. In fact, Kalvina spends most of her days caring for an elderly couple who live in the same complex. Part of ...
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CVLS Polish-Language Clinic Provides Free Legal Help to Deserving Client

Through its clinics, CVLS tries to provide access to legal representation to as diverse a client population as possible. It's important for our pro bono lawyers to meet low-income clients in the neighborhoods and communities in which they reside. Although our clinics are mostly open to all clients, they are ...
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Housing Subsidy Saved

CVLS Prevails Against Vindictive Landlord! When she reached out to CVLS, S. had been in a housing voucher program for 15 years without incident. S. was sometimes late on rent, but she always paid in full. She cares for her disabled father as an in-home healthcare aide through the Illinois ...
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Kirkland Team Comes Up Big in Guardianship Case!

Dulce lives at her home with her parents and her disabled adult brother. Along with her father, Dulce is one of the primary breadwinners for the family. Like many children of immigrants, Dulce is counted on to help her entire family make important decisions. When her brother's Deferred Action for ...
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Sidley Adoption Case Comes to Heart-Warming End!

Jeremy and his wife contacted CVLS in early 2022 for help with an adoption case. By that time, Jeremy had spent the last six years helping to take care of his wife's 10-year-old daughter from a different relationship. Jeremy hoped to formalize his relationship to his stepdaughter by filing an ...
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2022 Awardees

2022 Awardees Honorable Daniel B. Malone Court of Honor Read Bio Preview modal- Honorable Daniel B. Malone Court of Honor Award Years ago, CVLS instituted the "Court of Honor" award to thank those in the legal community who support pro bono legal services and help make our legal system accessible ...
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SABA Chicago Recognizes CVLS Board Member with Cornerstone Award

Monique (Nikki) Bhargava), Reed Smith Monique (Nikkie) Bhargava has been awarded a Cornerstone Award, which is given to individuals who exemplify high achievement in the objectives of SABA North American through the promotion of the professional development of the South Asian Legal Community through networking, education, advocacy and mentoring...or encouraging ...
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Clinic Closing its Digital Doors after Need Subsides

After two years, the Lawyers Helping Our Community Legal Clinic will be closing down. Always intended to be temporary, the virtual legal clinic was designed to help Chicago's Asian community deal with legal issues arising from COVID-19. As the chaos surrounding the pandemic subsides, so too has the need for ...
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