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.

Case Notes: Helpful volunteers and good guardians

Case Notes

Dear Ms. Benson,

    My name is Sean I am a client of C.V.L.S. and had the pleasure of being interviewed by Costa Nikolaides

    Mr. Nikolaides was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and considerate. Mr. Nikolaides is a credit to C.V.L.S.

Sean J. 

In other news:

    Matt and Tiffany separated in 2010, and he took their two daughters to live with his mother, Bertha, in Chicago. A social worker for 30 years, Bertha got guardianship of the two girls, now age 6 and 10.  

Spotlight On: Shelly Nash

    Mr. Young sought a divorce from his wife, citing irreconcilable differences. There was no property to split and no children were born during the marriage. CVLS volunteer Shelly Nash, an associate with S. K. Law, P.C., accepted the case. This was her second CVLS divorce. She’d done her first through CVLS’ famed ThunderDome Divorce Clinic. Now she was ready to go it alone.. 

Vino + Van Gogh tickets on sale

    Join the Junior Board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as they host the 7th Annual Vino + Van Gogh from 6-10 p.m., Friday, October 14, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 N. Halsted. 

    V+VG is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to enjoy art, food, music and drinks while mingling with old friends and making new connections. 

Pro Bono Honor Roll member missed his mail, honored anyway

Daniel Thomann, who was named on our Pro Bono Honor Roll at Law & Disorder in April, unfortunately was unable to attend. In fact, it was not until a month after the event that he became aware he had been honored at all. He sent the following note to CVLS Executive Director Meg Benson when he realized his honor.  We sincerely appreciate Thomman’s hard work, commitment to providing legal representation to low-income Chicagoans and we thank him for his continued involvement. 

Case Notes

Thirteen years ago, CVLS helped Ms. O adopt her three nieces after their mom was incarcerated. For years, the children lived with their aunt while enjoying a relationship with their dad, who also provided support. But, in 2014, their dad suddenly died.  As a long time city worker, he had a pension, but he’d neglected to remove his ex-wife as primary beneficiary after their divorce. So, Ms. O came back to CVLS for help getting those pension benefits for the children.



Congratulations to  Hel.LAS for hosting its very first legal clinic last month. Hellenic Legal Assistance Services (Hel.LAS) is a collaboration between CVLS and the Hellenic Bar Association. This pro bono clinic will meet on the second Saturday of the month to provide Greek Americans with legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment.