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.

Our Thanks

The United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Illinois was generous enough to donate the moneys collected from their September Jean Friday Charity collection to Race Judicata. The employees donated a total of $370.75 to help ensure equal access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it. Thank you sincerely to the Court and our generous donors.

Join our Bankruptcy Panel

CVLS is creating a pro bono bankruptcy panel to help low-income Chicagoans put themselves on a path to financial stability and independence. CVLS has helped people obtain Chapter 7 bankruptcies in the past, but this new panel will enable us to greatly expand our capacity.

November Case Notes

Ms. G needed assistance transferring the deed of her parent’s home into her name. Her CVLS volunteer attorney prepared the deed and was ready to record it but, Ms G’s water bill was overdue and would need to be paid in full first . Ms. G told Melissa that she had previously set up a payment plan for her water bill with the City of Chicago. The payment plan she described to Melissa was unlikely to allow her to pay off the bill in full while also accumulating new charges.

Spotlight on: Melissa Petkovic

Melissa Petkovic first came to CVLS early in 2016 during a short rotation as part of the social work degree she is working to obtain from the University of Chicago. Later, she was able to return to CVLS on a fellowship through The Mission Continues, an organization that helps Veterans find meaningful work within their communities.

Goodbye, Patty

Patricia Nelson, Director of Chancery Court Access to Justice and Foreclosure Mediation Programs, inimitable member of CVLS’ management team, great lawyer and long time friend and ally, was out on a medical leave this summer. Although her health issues are not life threatening, she has been approved for long term disability, and, as a result, resigned her position at CVLS

Tickets on sale for Vino + Van Gogh

Join the Junior Board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as they host the 7th Annual Vino + Van Gogh. Vino + Van Gogh is a wonderful opportunity for all professionals to enjoy art, food, music and drinks while mingling with old friends and making new connections. Every year local Chicago artists and students display their artwork for guests to enjoy and add to the alluring atmosphere customary for this event. A variety of media will be represented, including print art, paintings and sculpture. Art will be available to purchase through the artists at reasonable prices with a percentage donated to CVLS.