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.

Clinic Spotlight: Drinker Biddle & Reath / Erie Community Center

In a church basement once a month on Sundays, then a Drinker Biddle & Reath summer associate, Katherine Miler received her first exposure to a clinic she now oversees. Now an associate in the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, and the chair of CVLS’ Drinker Biddle / Erie Community Center Legal Clinic, Katie witnessed and helped implement the clinic’s evolution. 

Access to Justice Volunteer Provides Closure for Grieving Client

When Jeffrey's grandmother died in 2008, Jeffrey mourned her death and didn't pay much attention to the assets she left behind. After a few years, Jeffrey began to realize that he was one of her heirs and that his aunt, executor of his grandmother’s estate, hadn't transferred his share to him. Jeffrey filed a lawsuit. After three amended complaints and years of discovery, Jeffrey and his aunt were at an impasse.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Weed, Jane Addams Legal Clinic

Receiving a Citation to Discover Assets is stressful enough for anyone, let alone a low-income Chicagoan. It’s even more stressful if you’re Mr. Kumer, a 75-year-old who has had a recent stroke and is living off a pension. Mr. Kumer needed a lawyer to explain – both to himself and to the court - that he was judgment-proof and his pension could not be garnished.