In its Alumni Spotlight, the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) highlighted April Faith-Slaker, who completed her PILI Internship at CVLS!
Adult GAL and Guardianship volunteer Erich Pavel’s Probate work began long before his relationship with CVLS. As an attorney with the UAW Legal Services Plan, his practice area included representing petitioners in guardianship cases for minors and disabled adults. When he started his own firm, he began serving as a GAL in these types of cases.
“It goes back to me wanting to help people,” new Justice Entrepreneurs Project participant Shunte Goss says of the career as a lawyer she’s wanted since she was six years old.
Janice Dantes, one of the eight young lawyers in the newest class of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project, tried several different career paths before settling on “legal aid attorney.” While churning out repetitive projects at a corporate job, she decided she needed to make a real difference.
The entrepreneurial spirit runs in Agostino Filippone’s family. With two small business owner parents and a passion for the law and business, Augie knew he wanted to give back to people in situations similar to his own.
Recent CVLS Volunteer Recognition Award winner Rawn Reinhard, a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg and a longtime GAL for Minors volunteer, recently made the front page of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin!
New clients to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services don’t usually know what to expect when they walk through the doors at CVLS’ administrative office. It is up to CVLS staff and volunteers to make their first interaction with CVLS a positive one.
Leo Feldman is one of the volunteers new clients get to meet. A retired partner at Teller, Levit & Silvertrust, P.C. Leo interviews prospective clients, learning the facts of their case, identifying the legal issues and brainstorming solutions.
The immense need for legal representation among people with low income sometimes seems overwhelming.
Thankfully, CVLS has volunteers like Jennifer Lynn Wong.
Jennifer heard about CVLS while attending DePaul Law School. She thought it was “a great way to get myself out there, meet more people and try to help out.”
As Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for a young boy who had been abused and bullied at home and at school, CVLS 7-11 intern Debi Filipovich encountered one of her most difficult and most rewarding cases.