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.

Spotlight On: Janice, JEP

Janice Dantes, one of the eight young lawyers in the newest class of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project, tried several different career paths before settling on “legal aid attorney.” While churning out repetitive projects at a corporate job, she decided she needed to make a real difference.

Spotlight On: Visitation Legal Clinic

While chairing a legal clinic in the Loop, longtime friend of CVLS Mary Anne Smith encountered a church sharing program wherein more affluent parishes helped out poorer parishes. Part of this program involved a medical clinic for low-income members of the community; seeing this clinic in action, Mary Anne envisioned a similar program providing legal help.

Volunteer Shauna Wins Chicago Bar Foundation’s Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award!

The Chicago Bar Foundation presents its Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer Award every year to a lawyer under 36 based on: contributions to furthering the ideals of the legal profession, making the organized bar an effective force for improving the legal profession, and a demonstrated commitment to pro bono and community service.

Volunteer Spotlight: Erich

Adult GAL and Guardianship volunteer Erich Pavel’s Probate work began long before his relationship with CVLS. As an attorney with the UAW Legal Services Plan, his practice area included representing petitioners in guardianship cases for minors and disabled adults. When he started his own firm, he began serving as a GAL in these types of cases.