AAML Supports the children

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Their Generosity Continues to Inspire

On November 19 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers President and longtime CVLS volunteer David Pasulka presented CVLS executive director Margaret Benson, and Deputy Director Phil Mohr with a check from the AAML’s National Foundation to further support our Child Representative Program.

Tens of thousands of pro bono attorneys have provided high quality free legal services to low-income Chicagoans through CVLS since 1964. Last year alone, CVLS volunteer attorneys handled more than 3,000 cases for Chicago area clients for free. More than 2/3 of those cases involved litigation in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Included in those numbers are 300 children that had attorneys for their custody cases, thanks to CVLS’ Child Representative Program. Domestic Relations judges appoint CVLS to serve as Child Reps in nearly two hundred cases every year. Thanks to this program, children from poor families have their own attorneys to advocate for their best interests in court and with their families. This program gives these children a voice.

Thank you to the AAML for their generous support of this crucial work.