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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.

Staff Spotlight: No Child Left Behind: Miriam Araya Helps All Children Have a Voice

When families face legal issues children are the ones most negatively affected, and this is especially true for those in low-income families. Enter CVLS’ Child Rep Program! Through this venture, CVLS works to connect pro bono attorneys to children in need of representation. Integral to this process is Child Rep Coordinator, Miriam Araya.

Case Note: Carolyn

In 2009, Carolyn and her husband divorced. Her ex-husband was the sole owner of the property and the sole borrower under the mortgage loan. As part of the divorce, he quitclaimed the property to Carolyn, but remained on the mortgage.

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.

Case notes: Marla, Riccardo and Peter:

Last January, Marla’s tenant called her and said water was gushing out of a wall and running all over the apartment. Marla rushed to the apartment and learned that the pipes had frozen. She got to work fixing the plumbing and repairing the property, while the tenant moved into a motel. While the tenant was away, the apartment was broken into and vandalized. Marla decided to secure the apartment, but was sued by the tenant for an illegal lockout

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