With 50 years of experience providing high quality, free legal services to low-income Chicagoans, CVLS and its volunteers are often recognized for their outstanding work.

CVLS opposes cutting vital funding for civil legal aid

The new administration recently proposed eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corporation in its 2018 budget. CVLS strongly opposes this as it would decimate our sister organizations across Illinois, Legal Assistance Foundation, Prairie State Legal Services and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and hurt the tens of thousands of low-income clients they serve.

Early bird discount ending soon

There’s only a few days left to receive Early Bird discounts on sponsorship and tent rentals for this year’s Race Judicata®. 

Requests received before March 24 will be eligible for a 10% discount on sponsorships and a $50 discount on tent rentals. Sponsors can save even more by purchasing additional sponsorships for our other signature events, Law & Disorder and Vino + Van Gogh.

Changes to Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors

Effective immediately, the Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors at 69 W. Washington, Suite 1020 will help individuals file pro se petitions to appoint standby guardians.  Standby guardianships are appropriate for parents who wish to make arrangements for a guardian to care for their children that would go in effect at a later date. Once approved by the court, the standby guardianship takes effect if and when a specific “precipitating event” described in the guardianship order, happens. While it can be used by undocumented parents worried about being deported, please note that, at present, the court will not grant guardianship, including standby guardianship, to anyone without legal status in the United States.  

Celebrate the spirit of pro bono and our honorees at Law & Disorder

Laugh along with us as we celebrate the spirit of pro bono and the volunteers that make it possible at our fourth Law and Disorder fundraiser and award ceremony.We will honor longtime volunteer Richard A. Campbell, a partner at Mayer Brown, with the Court of Honor Award for the Probate Court Assistance Program (PCAP); and the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) as its Pro Bono Partner. AILA’s experienced immigration attorneys have staffed a monthly clinic for low income immigrants at CVLS for 21 years.

Case Notes

Joanna & Katie:

Joanna’s young daughter suffers from Type 1 diabetes, a condition that is notoriously difficult to manage in children. When Joanna took her daughter to the hospital during a dangerous drop in her blood sugar, the hospital reported her to DCFS for medical neglect. In the course of the investigation several medical professionals told DCFS that Joanna likely did nothing wrong and that blood sugar levels and insulin could drop or spike for no reason. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Bunn

Jeff Bunn did not expect that his career as a litigator with Latimer LeVay Fyock would include advocating for dedicated quiet spaces in the office, but somehow this is how it turned out. After 30 years litigating business, intellectual property and probate cases, Jeff discovered many personal, professional and health-related benefits that come with a mindfulness practice.