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.

Rebekah sheds light on immigration questions in recent CBS news piece

Immigration has been the focus of the new administration's most controversial order to date. With all of the confusion surrounding the order, and judicial review that is currently underway, immigrant families are concerned for their children, many of whom are documented citizens. In a recent CBS news piece, Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS' Minor GAL Program, helps shed some light on what these families need to do to protect the children involved.

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.

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.

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.

Immigration training available for new or experienced attorneys

    Attorneys who want to volunteer to take an immigration case, or strengthen their knowledge of immigration law, are welcome to attend parts 3 and 4 of our CLE immigration series. Parts 1 and 2 took place in early January. Part three “Spotting Inadmissibility Issues in Immigration Cases” will be presented on February 9, and part four will be held at a later date. All seminars will be available online and eligible for CLE credit.