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.

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.

Our Thanks

The United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Illinois was generous enough to donate the moneys collected from their September Jean Friday Charity collection to Race Judicata. The employees donated a total of $370.75 to help ensure equal access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it. Thank you sincerely to the Court and our generous donors.