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.

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. 

Early bird discount ending soon

There’s only a few days left to receive Early Bird discounts on sponsorship and tent rentals for this year’s Race Judicata®. 

Requests received before March 24 will be eligible for a 10% discount on sponsorships and a $50 discount on tent rentals. Sponsors can save even more by purchasing additional sponsorships for our other signature events, Law & Disorder and Vino + Van Gogh.

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.  

Rebekah sheds light on immigration questions in recent CBS news piece

Immigration has been the focus of the new administration's most controversial order to date. With all of the confusion surrounding the order, and judicial review that is currently underway, immigrant families are concerned for their children, many of whom are documented citizens. In a recent CBS news piece, Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS' Minor GAL Program, helps shed some light on what these families need to do to protect the children involved.

Joanna Long: Rising Star

CVLS resident attorney Joanna Long, of Long Law Office, P.C., was recently named as a Rising Star in the Chicago legal community by her peers at Super Lawyer. That means she’s one of the best. Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars are chosen from the top 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers, who are 40 years old or younger, and who have been in business 10 years or less. The list will be included in the annual 2017 Super Lawyers Magazine and in Chicago Magazine’s February 2017 edition.