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.

Summer at CVLS!

We're going to have a full office this summer! We'd like to welcome the fresh faces helping out at CVLS over the next few months. 

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
CVLS hosts law students and graduate fellows through PILI, as part of a program helping CVLS to boost our impact in the community while providing hands-on experience for young lawyers interested in pro bono and public interest law.


Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle Marek Recognized with Federal Court's Excellence In Pro Bono Service Award

Congratulations to volunteer and CVLS Junior Board member Michelle Marek Figueiredo on winning an Excellence in Pro Bono Service award from the Federal Court! She and her colleagues secured a $7,000 settlement for their client on an excessive force case. Federal Bar Association National President Hon. Gustavo A.

Volunteer Spotlight: Roenan

While Roenan Patt has only been taking cases from CVLS for a year, he certainly has made his presence known. After taking his first tort defense case for experience, Roenan now eagerly accepts multiple cases involving multiple issues and defenses. Whether his opponents work for law firms or for the government, Roenan is never afraid to stand up to them and fight for his clients. 

What Are Your Favorite Books?

Did you know that you can now support CVLS by shopping at Amazon? We recently began participating in the Amazon Smile initiative, which allows shoppers to donate 0.5% of any purchase to the charity of your choice. To get started with Amazon Smile, click HERE.

At CVLS, we love to read - fiction and nonfiction, legal and otherwise, books we find helpful for work - so we compiled a list of a few favorites from our staff. 

Thank You, Volunteer Maria!

While CVLS' Minor GAL Director Rebekah Rashidfarokhi was on maternity leave, volunteer Maria Petrone filled in. Maria has been a devoted volunteer attorney since 2009, and has worked both as a panel volunteer and with our Thunderdome Divorce Clinic. She is also currently a freelance writer for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Thank you Maria for all your amazing work!

Read about Maria's experience, in her own words: