Online Seminars

Two Birds, One Stone – Providing Pro Bono Assistance at the Illinois Human Rights Commission

Chief Administrative Law Judge Brian Weinthal leads a CLE seminar on practicing before the Illinois Human Rights Commission, addressing cases of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Volunteers interested in gaining experience with an expedited process are encouraged to attend, with CVLS offering to screen IHRC referrals for those keen on learning to practice before the Commission.

Navigating the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) Process

The Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) process, aimed at addressing families entering the southwest border outside of lawful pathways, faces criticism for its humanitarian violations and limited time for legal representation. Lyneshka Cruz Laureano of Zuma Law, LLC, has managed to represent families in these proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court and will offer insights on advocating for families in this complex immigration system.

Bond Hearings: Practical advice and Pointers

Learn how to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings, a short-term, low-commitment pro bono opportunity suitable for all attorneys. Clients represented at bond hearings have a better chance of release.

Best Practices Before the Immigration Court

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

Adult Guardianship 101 – Representing a Petitioner

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

Everything You Thought About Immigration Law Was Wrong

Assumptions, misconceptions, and myths abound in immigration law; from just “getting in line” for legal status to the U.S. government being able to immediately sending prospective immigrants back to their home countries. How we think immigration law should function is very different from the reality. Join us on January 22nd to separate fact from fiction and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an immigration attorney.

GAL Training for Adult Guardianship Cases

Lisa Murphy, CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults staff attorney, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for adult guardianship cases and the issues that may arise during adult guardianship cases. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for adults through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

What to Know About the Migrant Displacement

Chicago has recently seen buses of Central American migrants delivered to Union Station without notice or warning. These people had no idea they were coming here and no idea what they will do now. Other sanctuary cities are getting their own groups sent by Florida and Texas governors. However, beyond the obvious headlines, these migrants come with practical and legal issues and an obvious need for pro bono legal assistance. CVLS Immigration Attorney Massiel Tarango will introduce the issues and discuss some options for possible relief.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – How to Obtain a Predicate Order in State Court

Learn about how to obtain a predicate order in state court to provide an undocumented child with a path to citizenship in the United States. Volunteers represent a petitioner in an uncontested guardianship or custody case in Cook and collar counties.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created by Congress to enable undocumented immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to acquire lawful permanent residence in the United States when returning to their home country would not be in their best interests. SIJS cases are a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who are interested in ensuring safety for immigrant children.

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