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.

Junior Board of Directors Elected for 2016

The CVLS Junior Board of Directors held elections this month. New board members include Jonathan Adair, of Kirkland & Ellis; Raechel Bimmerle, of Sidley Austin; Melissa Caballero, of the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel; Nicole Capretta, of First Defense Legal Aid; Shunte’ Goss, of the Law Office of Shunte’ Goss; Patrick Maloney, of Latham & Watkins; Andy Miller, of Locke Lord; Furqan Mohammed, of Perkins Coi. 

Case Notes

Arnie and his wife couldn’t buy a house on their own so Arnie’s brother co-signed the mortgage. Unfortunately, Arnie couldn’t keep up his payments and the home went into foreclosure. Arnie desperately wanted to leave the property as soon as possible and protect what was left of his brother’s credit. Sal Lopez of Robson Lopez LLC took the case and within a matter of weeks negotiated a deed in lieu of foreclosure and got the foreclosure dismissed. Arnie is breathing a sigh of relief knowing he mitigated damage to his brother’s credit score.

Board President Hudson Receives Alta May Hulett Award

CVLS Board President Kristen Hudson was recently awarded the 2016 Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. The annual award honors one outstanding woman lawyer who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics and excellence.

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.