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CVLS Panel Program

Volunteer attorneys choose pro bono civil matters for client representation in many areas of law including divorce, custody, adoption, immigration, consumer contract issues, collection and tort defense, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant matters (including evictions, representing either landlords or tenants).

A CVLS staff person will call a volunteer and describe a specific case. The volunteer may accept or decline it. Additionally, CVLS is able to allow volunteers access to a secure online database so that a CVLS volunteer can review and choose a pro bono case that is ready for placement.

Once the volunteer expresses interest in the case through the database, a CVLS staff attorney will approve the placement and allow the volunteer access to the full database file for the client, and the case management features of the database.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then varies depending on case.

Training and support

Attending a 1-hour volunteer orientation is required. CVLS provides extensive in-person and recorded trainings, manuals, and in-person individual support throughout the case as needed.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, depositions, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, negotiating, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided. For complex cases, CVLS will rely on attorneys with expertise or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL

CVLS Panel Program

Volunteer attorneys choose pro bono civil matters for client representation in many areas of law including divorce, custody, adoption, immigration, consumer contract issues, collection and tort defense, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant matters (including evictions, representing either landlords or tenants).

A CVLS staff person will call a volunteer and describe a specific case. The volunteer may accept or decline it. Additionally, CVLS is able to allow volunteers access to a secure online database so that a CVLS volunteer can review and choose a pro bono case that is ready for placement.

Once the volunteer expresses interest in the case through the database, a CVLS staff attorney will approve the placement and allow the volunteer access to the full database file for the client, and the case management features of the database.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then varies depending on case.

Training and support

Attending a 1-hour volunteer orientation is required. CVLS provides extensive in-person and recorded trainings, manuals, and in-person individual support throughout the case as needed.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, depositions, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, negotiating, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided. For complex cases, CVLS will rely on attorneys with expertise or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL