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.

Debra Davy for the Defense

By Costa Nikolaides

CVLS is dedicated to protecting the rights of those without the means to protect themselves. This is only possible through the valiant efforts of volunteers like Debra Davy. Debra has been practicing law for 37 years, working exclusively as a defense attorney in civil litigation. She cites the spirit of the 60’s and her hero, Clarence Darrow, as the impetus for her career in defense and promoting civil rights.

Case Notes, February 2017

                Vira, an 82-year-old widow, came to CVLS looking for help with her reverse mortgage. Due to an internal error, the loan servicer thought Vira let her homeowner’s insurance lapse, which is considered a default under her reverse mortgage contract. Despite Vira’s attempt to communicate their error the loan servicer began foreclosure proceedings. The judge referred Vira to CVLS through the Access to Justice Program.

Joanna Long: Rising Star

CVLS resident attorney Joanna Long, of Long Law Office, P.C., was recently named as a Rising Star in the Chicago legal community by her peers at Super Lawyer. That means she’s one of the best. Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars are chosen from the top 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers, who are 40 years old or younger, and who have been in business 10 years or less. The list will be included in the annual 2017 Super Lawyers Magazine and in Chicago Magazine’s February 2017 edition.

Changes to Domestic Relations Division

On February 6, the Parentage and Child Support Court of the Domestic Relations Division will be merged.   All merged into a singular Domestic Relations Division and all judges will hear both types of cases.  In order to divide up the two types of existing cases between judges, many pending cases will be transferred from your current parentage judge to another domestic relations judge or your current divorce judge to a new domestic relations judge coming from parentage.  

Staff Spotlight

    Staff Attorney Gabriel Borges came to CVLS in August 2016 and began work with the Chancery and Access to Justice programs. When he was a law student at DePaul University, where he graduated in 2013, he volunteered at the Chancery Advice Desk at the Chicago Legal Clinic, helping pro se clients with foreclosure documents. 

Volunteer Spotlight

    In December, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Past President Kristen Hudson received the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Distinguished Alumni Award.  Kristen, Principal and General Counsel at Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., was a PILI Graduate Fellow at CVLS in 2003. Since then, she has remained involved as a volunteer, board member and board president. Congratulations to Kristen on all her good works.