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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.

Call for Volunteers: Child Reps needed!

CVLS is looking for volunteers to serve as Child Representatives. This is a unique opportunity to represent the best interests of children who are in the middle of contentious litigation.

CVLS’ Child Rep Program was created in 2014 to address the need for pro bono attorneys to represent low income children in contested family law cases. Upon being appointed as Child Rep, CVLS performs a preliminary investigation of the parties, to provide volunteers with an appropriate starting point.

Case Notes: Omar & Alfonso

59-year-old Alfonso has an intellectual disability and functions at the level of about a 5-year-old. For the first 57 years of his life, Alfonso’s mother was an attentive and careful caregiver. When she passed away two years ago, he remained in the home he shared with her for his entire life. Alfonso’s four adult siblings took turns staying at the house with him, making sure that he was safe and that his basic needs were met. However, the siblings were unable to financially maintain their mother’s home and the bank foreclosed on the property.

Changes to Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors

Effective immediately, the Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors at 69 W. Washington, Suite 1020 will help individuals file pro se petitions to appoint standby guardians.  Standby guardianships are appropriate for parents who wish to make arrangements for a guardian to care for their children that would go in effect at a later date. Once approved by the court, the standby guardianship takes effect if and when a specific “precipitating event” described in the guardianship order, happens. While it can be used by undocumented parents worried about being deported, please note that, at present, the court will not grant guardianship, including standby guardianship, to anyone without legal status in the United States.  

Celebrate the spirit of pro bono and our honorees at Law & Disorder

Laugh along with us as we celebrate the spirit of pro bono and the volunteers that make it possible at our fourth Law and Disorder fundraiser and award ceremony.We will honor longtime volunteer Richard A. Campbell, a partner at Mayer Brown, with the Court of Honor Award for the Probate Court Assistance Program (PCAP); and the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) as its Pro Bono Partner. AILA’s experienced immigration attorneys have staffed a monthly clinic for low income immigrants at CVLS for 21 years.

Case Notes

Joanna & Katie:

Joanna’s young daughter suffers from Type 1 diabetes, a condition that is notoriously difficult to manage in children. When Joanna took her daughter to the hospital during a dangerous drop in her blood sugar, the hospital reported her to DCFS for medical neglect. In the course of the investigation several medical professionals told DCFS that Joanna likely did nothing wrong and that blood sugar levels and insulin could drop or spike for no reason. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Bunn

Jeff Bunn did not expect that his career as a litigator with Latimer LeVay Fyock would include advocating for dedicated quiet spaces in the office, but somehow this is how it turned out. After 30 years litigating business, intellectual property and probate cases, Jeff discovered many personal, professional and health-related benefits that come with a mindfulness practice. 

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