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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.

JEP Now Recruiting

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is now searching for its tenth cohort of talented and entrepreneurial lawyers in the Chicago area. Over the course of 18 months, the JEP prepares participants to start, grow, and sustain innovative, socially conscious, and successful law practices that serve regular folks throughout Chicagoland. Information sessions will be held at the JEP offices at 208 S. Jefferson, Suite 204, on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 1, 2017, at 12:15 p.m. Links to register for a session or to apply are live on www.jepchicago.org. Please apply no later than Friday, September 8, 2017 to be considered for the November 2017 JEP cohort.

Searching for Ley'Gacy

One volunteer's career begins with a manhunt

Ajay N. Sundar, Associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

At Skadden Arps, lawyers are free to take on pro bono assignments as though they were billable assignments. The fall months were slow, and my hours didn’t start counting until January. “You should take a GAL case,” my girlfriend suggested one November evening. Ingrid was right. CVLS’ GAL program was just about the only pro bono work that got me excited. There was something different about being a Guardian Ad Litem. Something real.

Cherrish Update

In late March, CVLS won an appeal that restored our client Cherrish Tolliver’s rental subsidy. The Housing Authority of Cook County had terminated the subsidy after a series of administrative hearings, accusing Cherrish of not timely reporting her income. The Appellate Court vacated the termination, finding the HACC, in not following its own procedures and rules, had failed to properly administer its program and violated our client’s process rights. CVLS reported this wonderful result in our last newsletter.

J.M.'s Story

Tales of a Child Representative

Lindsay Weinberg, Adoption Specialist at Adoption Center of Illinois Family Resource Center

In Cook County, if two parents cannot agree on how to parent their child, the Court can appoint an attorney to advocate for that child’s best interests – a Child Representative. The judge appointed CVLS volunteer Lindsay Weinberg for Jeremiah.

Foreclosure News

Judge Issues Order Prohibiting Language

Attention all volunteers handling foreclosure cases: Presiding Judge Moshe Jacobius has issued General Administrative Order 2014-04 which addresses certain language that is prohibited in a judgment of foreclosure and sale. If you currently have a foreclosure case with us, or plan on taking one in the future, we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with this document.

LSC Update

Latest Report Highlights the Justice Gap in 2017

In 1974 Congress had a vision of equal access to justice and strived to bring it into reality. That same year the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was created and has since served as the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. In 2005, 2009 and now in 2017 the LSC released a report to update the public on the justice gap, defined as the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs.

Welcome (back) New & Renewed Board and Junior Board Members

Congratulations to Kim Halvorsen, of Clifford Law Offices, Eddie Houlihan, of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Steve Raminiak, of Law Offices of Steve Raminiak, P.C. Dan Spira, of Sidley Austin LLP, Joe Tylutki of KEW Group and Bryan Webster of Reed Smith. Each were reelected for another three-year term on CVLS’ Board of Directors. Thank you to retiring board members Heidi Rowe and Jon Theobald for their board service.

Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Peterson

Volunteer Spotlight: Liz Peterson

 

When Ms. H needed a bankruptcy, she was referred to a “preparer” who charged her $750 to complete the forms. At her preliminary bankruptcy hearing, the trustee reviewing her case described her paperwork as some of the most poorly prepared he had ever seen. The preparer created handwritten schedules of Ms. H’s assets and liabilities, and listed everything as domestic support obligations. Had that document been filed, none of her debts would be dischargeable under the law. The trustee saw that Ms. H had been taken advantage of, and referred her to CVLS volunteer, Liz Peterson.

Staff Spotlight: No Child Left Behind: Miriam Araya Helps All Children Have a Voice

When families face legal issues children are the ones most negatively affected, and this is especially true for those in low-income families. Enter CVLS’ Child Rep Program! Through this venture, CVLS works to connect pro bono attorneys to children in need of representation. Integral to this process is Child Rep Coordinator, Miriam Araya.

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