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Bankruptcy Help Desk at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse

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

Why work with Legal Aid Chicago

Legal Aid Chicago is a civil legal aid organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago, and other vulnerable members of our community—including seniors, veterans, disabled people, and victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

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, Legal Aid Chicago's Bankruptcy Help Desk assists walk-in clients who are unrepresented in their bankruptcy cases. Volunteer attorneys and Legal Aid Chicago staff help clients prepare forms, draft motions, and answer questions about bankruptcy in general or the client’s case in particular.

Why work with Legal Aid Chicago

Legal Aid Chicago is a civil legal aid organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago, and other vulnerable members of our community—including seniors, veterans, disabled people, and victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

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