Clinic Spotlight: Drinker Biddle & Reath / Erie Community Center

In a church basement once a month on Sundays, then a Drinker Biddle & Reath summer associate, Katherine Miler received her first exposure to a clinic she now oversees. Now an associate in the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, and the chair of CVLS’ Drinker Biddle / Erie Community Center Legal Clinic, Katie witnessed and helped implement the clinic’s evolution. 

Immigration Win!

Julia had been fighting to get a green card for nearly 20 years when she came to CVLS’ American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration Legal Clinic and met Nicole Minnis. Nicole, who had been sworn in as an attorney that week, had never had a case, pro bono or otherwise. Interested in gaining immigration experience, she came to the AILA clinic where chair Matt Kriezelman guided her through Julia’s intake interview. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Weed, Jane Addams Legal Clinic

Receiving a Citation to Discover Assets is stressful enough for anyone, let alone a low-income Chicagoan. It’s even more stressful if you’re Mr. Kumer, a 75-year-old who has had a recent stroke and is living off a pension. Mr. Kumer needed a lawyer to explain – both to himself and to the court - that he was judgment-proof and his pension could not be garnished.

Spotlight On: Visitation Legal Clinic

While chairing a legal clinic in the Loop, longtime friend of CVLS Mary Anne Smith encountered a church sharing program wherein more affluent parishes helped out poorer parishes. Part of this program involved a medical clinic for low-income members of the community; seeing this clinic in action, Mary Anne envisioned a similar program providing legal help.


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