Years-Long Guardianship Case Resolved through Volunteer’s Persistence

CVLS was appointed as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for a 77-year-old man named Mr. R. At the time of our appointment, Mr. R. was living independently in his own home, which was in major disrepair. Mr. R has dementia, among several other health issues, and although he had some family members to check in on him from time to time, he had no consistent support network.

One Undergraduate Student Helps Another toward Pathway to Citizenship

CVLS Northwestern intern, Tess wrapped up one of her cases with the supervision of CVLS staff. She did all of the heavy lifting on an SIJS case for Timur Kulik, a 20-year-old college student from Slovakia. Despite a challenging childhood, Timur did incredibly well in high school and received a full-ride scholarship to study biological sciences at the University of Southern California.

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 her account.

Neighborly Client Avoids Eviction

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.

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 often affiliated with different religious …

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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 Department of Human Services (DHS). …

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2022 Awardees

2022 Awardees Honorable Daniel B. Malone Court of Honor Read Bio 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 to all.  Previous winners include Judges Grace …

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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 greater participation by the South …

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