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.

Volunteers needed for Bankruptcy Panel

CVLS needs volunteers for our new bankrtupcy panel. Bankruptcy is a powerful tool that can provide a family with a much-needed fresh start, however, few people know how or when to file for bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers will advise potential clients of whether bankruptcy is appropriate and, if it is, assist them in filing for and securing their bankruptcy. A typical CVLS bankruptcy case will involve filling out and reviewing the petition and schedules, using special software on CVLS computers, attending a creditors’ meeting, and reviewing and negotiating any reaffirmation agreements.

Case Notes: CVLS secures tenant's FEMA assistance

Six years ago, when major flooding devastated the South Side of Chicago, Toya's family was hit hard. With a foot of sewage and flood water in her basement, mold wreaked havoc on her daughter's asthma and lymph disorder. When the CHA, which subsidized her rent, failed to help the family, she went to FEMA and secured relocation assistance. Years later, the CHA ran an internal audit and terminated the family's voucher, claiming the FEMA assistance was a prohibited duplicative subsidy.

Spotlight On: LaToyia Kimbrough, JEP

Latoyia Kimbrough applied to the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, she said, because she wanted to make change within the way the criminal justice system treats defendants and their families. She finished from law school in December 2014, passed the bar that February and got her license in May. She worked with a solo practitioner until she was accepted to the JEP class in November.

Debt Issues Seminar Online

Last month’s seminar “Debt Issues Facing Legal Aid Clients” is now available to watch for free on While representing low-income clients, pro bono and legal aid attorneys often discover that debt issues impact other areas of their lives and cases. “Debt Issues Facing Legal Aid Clients” provides a foundation for consumer law attorneys or for any attorney interested in taking on a consumer law matter

A JEP Baby

Congratulations to JEP intern Latotyia Kimbrough, who recently adopted 3-month-old Zara River Kimbrough-Stampley. This is the first child for Kimbrough and her wife, Latoya Stampley.

What you help make possible

For 52 years Chicago Volunteer Legal Services has maintained its dedication to expanding access to effective legal services for Chicago’s poor and working poor. CVLS accomplishes this, in part, by providing education and support for volunteer attorneys. Today CVLS supports 2,300 pro bono attorneys who, last year alone, completed 3,095 cases. In those 52 years CVLS has helped over 375,000 Chicagoans navigate complex legal situations.

Vino + Van Gogh Tickets Available

Proceeds from Vino + Van Gogh go to support CVLS’ mission of supporting its 2300 volunteer attorneys, who provide a wide range of totally free civil legal aid to the poor and working poor on an individual basis. Leading the way in litigation, family law and guardianship, CVLS is recognized as the most comprehensive, most efficient and most cost-effective civil legal aid provider in Chicago.