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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.

Loan Modification Keeps Couple In Their Home

David and Suzie had lived in their condo for 37 years and raised their family there. Unfortunately, in 2009, David suffered a series of strokes and was no longer able to work. They were able to pay their bills using income from Suzie’s job at Dominick’s and their savings. In 2014, when Dominick’s closed, they were still paying off medical bills and their savings was running out. In addition, with the loss of Suzie’s job, they lost their medical insurance. Not surprisingly, they fell behind on their mortgage and went into foreclosure. Volunteer Rich Orman agreed to represent David and Suzie when their case was referred to the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program.

CVLS is Family: Helen & Joshua Sigman

CVLS IS FAMILY: JOSH & HELEN SIGMAN

CVLS is such a tight-knit community of friends, volunteers, staff and supporters, we like to call the organization a family. But some members of our community are even closer than that – they are literally family! In our “CVLS is Family” series, we’ll talk to a few family members about their connections with CVLS and the Chicago legal community.

After 9 Years, AILA Clinic Volunteer Rich's Client Is A US Citizen

It took more than 9 years, but finally, F became a US citizen.   

F, a 49-year-old woman originally from Pakistan, has been living in the U.S. for more than 20 years as a lawful permanent resident.  Seven years after she first applied for U.S. citizenship in 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied her application due to alleged inconsistencies in her personal history and testimony, specifically her marital status.

Immigration Win!

Julia had been fighting to get a green card for nearly 20 years when she came to CVLS’ American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration Legal Clinic and met Nicole Minnis. Nicole, who had been sworn in as an attorney that week, had never had a case, pro bono or otherwise. Interested in gaining immigration experience, she came to the AILA clinic where chair Matt Kriezelman guided her through Julia’s intake interview. 

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