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.

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.

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.

CVLS’ GAL for Adults Highlighted by ISBA

Susan DeCostanza, Director of CVLS’ Guardian ad litem for Adults Program,  was featured in the Illinois State Bar Association’s publication, Illinois Lawyer. Susan wrote that volunteer attorneys who take an adult GAL case with CVLS are rewarded not only for helping provide much-needed legal services to someone who could not otherwise afford it, but also because they frequently have the honor of learning a small snippet of that client’s life and relaying it back to the court with the dignity it deserves.

Case Notes, Ms. R

When Ms. R and her former-husband divorced in 2009, she worked with CVLS and a volunteer attorney from Schiff Hardin to work out a child support and custody agreements for their son. The two co-parents worked well together until recently when her ex-husband began to violate the agreement, communicating with Ms. R at unpredictable intervals, or returning the child late from visits. 

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.  

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.