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Bankruptcy Help Desk at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse

Through an ongoing collaboration with volunteer attorneys, LAF’s Bankruptcy Help Desk assists walk-in clients who are unrepresented in their bankruptcy cases. Volunteer attorneys and LAF staff help clients prepare forms, draft motions, and answer questions about bankruptcy in general or the client’s case in particular.

Why work with LAF?

LAF provides free legal services in civil matters to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago, making the legal system accessible to clients, and breaking the cycle of poverty. LAF’s successes include obtaining an order of protection against an abusive spouse, preventing an unfair eviction, or getting justice for a victim of consumer fraud.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Approximately 2–5 hours per week.

Training and support

Volunteers complete a 90-minute online training before taking a shift. An experienced staff attorney is available to answer questions and provide ongoing support.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client interviewing and counseling

Skills and resources required

A minimum of one-year bankruptcy law experience

Location

Chicago, IL

Bankruptcy Help Desk at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse

Through an ongoing collaboration with volunteer attorneys, LAF’s Bankruptcy Help Desk assists walk-in clients who are unrepresented in their bankruptcy cases. Volunteer attorneys and LAF staff help clients prepare forms, draft motions, and answer questions about bankruptcy in general or the client’s case in particular.

Why work with LAF?

LAF provides free legal services in civil matters to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago, making the legal system accessible to clients, and breaking the cycle of poverty. LAF’s successes include obtaining an order of protection against an abusive spouse, preventing an unfair eviction, or getting justice for a victim of consumer fraud.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Approximately 2–5 hours per week.

Training and support

Volunteers complete a 90-minute online training before taking a shift. An experienced staff attorney is available to answer questions and provide ongoing support.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client interviewing and counseling

Skills and resources required

A minimum of one-year bankruptcy law experience

Location

Chicago, IL