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.

Debt issues facing legal aid clients

There was a great turnout for our seminar on Debt Issues Facing Legal Aid Clients on June 28. Speakers, Mary E. Philipps Attorney and Angie K. Robertson, of Philipps & Philipps, Ltd. provided some excellent information on the topics of debt collection and reporting as they affect legal aid clients. They also provided pizza to the hungry crowd. Upcoming CLE opportunities can be found at



Congratulations to  Hel.LAS for hosting its very first legal clinic last month. Hellenic Legal Assistance Services (Hel.LAS) is a collaboration between CVLS and the Hellenic Bar Association. This pro bono clinic will meet on the second Saturday of the month to provide Greek Americans with legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment.

Case Notes

Thirteen years ago, CVLS helped Ms. O adopt her three nieces after their mom was incarcerated. For years, the children lived with their aunt while enjoying a relationship with their dad, who also provided support. But, in 2014, their dad suddenly died.  As a long time city worker, he had a pension, but he’d neglected to remove his ex-wife as primary beneficiary after their divorce. So, Ms. O came back to CVLS for help getting those pension benefits for the children.

Pro Bono Honor Roll member missed his mail, honored anyway

Daniel Thomann, who was named on our Pro Bono Honor Roll at Law & Disorder in April, unfortunately was unable to attend. In fact, it was not until a month after the event that he became aware he had been honored at all. He sent the following note to CVLS Executive Director Meg Benson when he realized his honor.  We sincerely appreciate Thomman’s hard work, commitment to providing legal representation to low-income Chicagoans and we thank him for his continued involvement. 

Loan Modification Keeps Couple In Their Home

David and Suzie had lived in their condo for 37 years and raised their family there. Unfortunately, in 2009, David suffered a series of strokes and was no longer able to work. They were able to pay their bills using income from Suzie’s job at Dominick’s and their savings. In 2014, when Dominick’s closed, they were still paying off medical bills and their savings was running out. In addition, with the loss of Suzie’s job, they lost their medical insurance. Not surprisingly, they fell behind on their mortgage and went into foreclosure. Volunteer Rich Orman agreed to represent David and Suzie when their case was referred to the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Board President Hudson Receives Alta May Hulett Award

CVLS Board President Kristen Hudson was recently awarded the 2016 Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. The annual award honors one outstanding woman lawyer who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics and excellence.