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

    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. 

Changes to Domestic Relations Division

On February 6, the Parentage and Child Support Court of the Domestic Relations Division will be merged.   All merged into a singular Domestic Relations Division and all judges will hear both types of cases.  In order to divide up the two types of existing cases between judges, many pending cases will be transferred from your current parentage judge to another domestic relations judge or your current divorce judge to a new domestic relations judge coming from parentage.  

Spotlight on: Melissa Petkovic

Melissa Petkovic first came to CVLS early in 2016 during a short rotation as part of the social work degree she is working to obtain from the University of Chicago. Later, she was able to return to CVLS on a fellowship through The Mission Continues, an organization that helps Veterans find meaningful work within their communities.

November Case Notes

Ms. G needed assistance transferring the deed of her parent’s home into her name. Her CVLS volunteer attorney prepared the deed and was ready to record it but, Ms G’s water bill was overdue and would need to be paid in full first . Ms. G told Melissa that she had previously set up a payment plan for her water bill with the City of Chicago. The payment plan she described to Melissa was unlikely to allow her to pay off the bill in full while also accumulating new charges.

Join our Bankruptcy Panel

CVLS is creating a pro bono bankruptcy panel to help low-income Chicagoans put themselves on a path to financial stability and independence. CVLS has helped people obtain Chapter 7 bankruptcies in the past, but this new panel will enable us to greatly expand our capacity.