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.

Vino + Van Gogh tickets on sale

    Join the Junior Board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services as they host the 7th Annual Vino + Van Gogh from 6-10 p.m., Friday, October 14, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 N. Halsted. 

    V+VG is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to enjoy art, food, music and drinks while mingling with old friends and making new connections. 

Spotlight On: Shelly Nash

    Mr. Young sought a divorce from his wife, citing irreconcilable differences. There was no property to split and no children were born during the marriage. CVLS volunteer Shelly Nash, an associate with S. K. Law, P.C., accepted the case. This was her second CVLS divorce. She’d done her first through CVLS’ famed ThunderDome Divorce Clinic. Now she was ready to go it alone.. 

Case Notes: Helpful volunteers and good guardians

Case Notes

Dear Ms. Benson,

    My name is Sean I am a client of C.V.L.S. and had the pleasure of being interviewed by Costa Nikolaides

    Mr. Nikolaides was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and considerate. Mr. Nikolaides is a credit to C.V.L.S.

Sean J. 

In other news:

    Matt and Tiffany separated in 2010, and he took their two daughters to live with his mother, Bertha, in Chicago. A social worker for 30 years, Bertha got guardianship of the two girls, now age 6 and 10.  

Eviction seminars online

CVLS staff attorney Matt Hulstein hosted the final installment of our three-part eviction series last month.

Matt’s programs will help equip a cadre of volunteer attorneys to handle pro bono eviction and housing cases. The series, which covered “Eviction Basics,” “Eviction Practice,” and “Issues in Subsidized Housing,” are all available on

A brand new Sidley baby!

Congratulations to Kevin and Jodie Fee on the arrival in May of their first girl, Chloe Ellen Fee.  Kevin Fee at Sidley Austin, is a former CVLS board member and current chair of the Sidley Law Clinic. Chloe arrived on May 31, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces. Kevin and Jodie also have three boys. 

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