Getting Out of His Comfort Zone

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 fact, he is an award-winning volunteer in the CVLS Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for Minors Program!

No Hurt Feelings

CVLS was recently appointed to represent three children of a Spanish-speaking family who were facing a parenting time dispute. The father of the children wanted additional time with the children, but the mother restricted his access due to allegations of verbal abuse. Their youngest child had special needs including a recent diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Pandemic Results in New Clinic

Chicago’s Chinatown is one of many neighborhoods in the city feeling the harsh effects of COVID-19. In addition to the economic and health-related impacts of the virus felt by everyone, Asian American communities face unique challenges.

Life-Altering Asylum

It’s no secret that CVLS supports clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. We believe that legal representation can change the course of a person’s life. No client knows this more than R.

R. came to the United States from Nigeria with her young daughter on a temporary visa in 2018 so that she could protect her daughter from a horrible, predetermined fate.

2020 Honor Roll Inductees

2020 Honor Roll Inductees Every year CVLS honors volunteers who have distinguished themselves in providing pro bono services to low-income clients. These volunteers exemplify Chicago Pro Bono. Dimitra A. Anderson HEL.Las Read Bio Dimitra A. Anderson HEL.Las Legal Clinic Dimitra Anderson has been a supporter and active Hel.LAS volunteer since our clinic first opened its …

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Junior Board Elections

The Junior Board of CVLS has reelected Colton Long, Baker McKenzie, Roya Samarghandi, Carmel Law, and Charles Zagnoli, Ropes & Gray, to serve a second three-year term. We thank our departing members Nora Endzel, Justin From, Jeanna Palmer Gunville, and Alexa Van Brunt for their hard work. Six new Junior board members have joined our …

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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 Howard Ankin, Ankin Law Office, …

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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 eventually with a permanent administrative …

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Simple Divorce Stays Simple

A client named Silvia came to the clinic, seeking representation in a divorce case. Locke Lord’s Mike Rohan met with Silvia and agreed to represent her. Fortunately the proceedings were amicable, and the parties resolved most issues outside of court.

Creative Will Drafting

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.

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