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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.

The Closer

CVLS Volunteer Tackles Real Estate Closing Completely Pro Bono!

Lauren Sanuw, Sanuw Law Office, P.C.

Many of our clients face more than one legal problem. In fact, more than half (54%) of low-income households face at least two civil legal problems each year. One in four (24%) has faced six or more legal problems in the past year alone.

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.

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.

Case Note: Carolyn

In 2009, Carolyn and her husband divorced. Her ex-husband was the sole owner of the property and the sole borrower under the mortgage loan. As part of the divorce, he quitclaimed the property to Carolyn, but remained on the mortgage.

Standout Volunteers Honored at Law & Disorder

Each year at Law & Disorder CVLS honors the volunteers who make our good work possible. Our volunteers spend nights and weekends working with clients and they take time out of their busy workday to help someone who cannot afford a lawyer obtain access to justice. Every year thousands of attorneys help low income Chicagoans resolve their legal problems, for free, because they believe it is the right thing to do.

Volunteer wins DePaul Pro Bono Award!

Longtime CVLS volunteer Joe Pieper won the 2017 DePaul University College of Law Pro Bono Alumni Award. Joe has worked with CVLS for more than 20 years, taking on countless Guardian ad litem cases in addition to accepting appointments directly from Cook County Probate Judges. Joe’s willingness to help CVLS and our clients extends to  taking contested, complex cases and last-minute GAL appointments. An asset to CVLS and his clients, it’s common to see Joe, with kindness and patience, helping a pro se client fill in a complicated form in the hallway on the 18th floor of the Daley Center.

Rebekah, Milton & Yeny

Milton and Yeny enjoyed a nice life in Guatemala City until Milton witnessed a gang execution on his way home from work. He didn’t want to be a witness. He was caught in the middle of the street as a group of men harassed a 15-year-old boy. Suddenly, before Milton could turn around, one man pulled out a gun and shot the boy in the head. Milton recognized the man as the leader of a feared gang. That man and a few of his followers ran up to Milton and threatened to kill him too. They let him go with a warning. “You didn’t see anything.”

Cherrish and CVLS

With her low and sporadic income, Cherrish relied on her housing subsidy to provide a safe home for herself and her three children. That security was threatened when, in 2012, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) notified her it was terminating her voucher because she failed to report income. Cherrish had always reported her income adjustments, but the HACC never followed up on them.

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.

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