Volunteer wins DePaul Pro Bono Award!
Longtime CVLS volunteer Joe Pieper won the 2017 DePaul University College of Law Pro Bono Alumni Award. Joe has worked with CVLS for more than 20 years, taking on countless Guardian ad litem cases in addition to accepting appointments directly from Cook County Probate Judges. Joe’s willingness to help CVLS and our clients extends to taking contested, complex cases and last-minute GAL appointments. An asset to CVLS and his clients, it’s common to see Joe, with kindness and patience, helping a pro se client fill in a complicated form in the hallway on the 18th floor of the Daley Center.
In his acceptance speech Joe said he learned about service from his parents. His dad, a doctor, would stop and help victims whenever he saw an accident on the road. The DePaul University College of Law Pro Bono Alumni Award is given annually to someone who has demonstrated an ongoing and deep commitment to pro bono legal services for the poor and disadvantaged, and has inspired others to do the same. Susan DeCostanza, Director of CVLS’, Guardian ad litem for Adults Program, nominated Joe for the award and we’re elated for his win! Congratulations, Joe, you earned it!