powered by Paladin & The Chicago Bar Foundation

Eviction Defense

Volunteer attorneys will defend Chicago’s low-income renters families in eviction court. Under the supervision of LCBH staff attorneys, volunteers will have the opportunity to handle all aspects of representation from start to finish, including client interviews, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, court appearances, and both bench and jury trials. Because evictions are heard on an expedited schedule, cases may settle quickly or proceed to trial within a few months. Volunteers may also represent renters in non-litigation matters, such as landlord-tenant disputes, in order to help them avoid eviction filings.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing levels the playing field in eviction court by providing legal services to Chicago’s renters facing eviction or other issues that contribute to housing instability, such as foreclosure-related problems, utility shutoffs, unsafe or substandard building conditions, and building vacates and mass evictions.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Flexible

Training and support

LCBH provides an initial 1-hour, in-person training on the basics of landlord-tenant law and eviction court practice. LCBH also provides volunteers with a resource manual, samples, and ongoing support.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, writing/drafting, negotiations, trial skills

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL

Eviction Defense

Volunteer attorneys will defend Chicago’s low-income renters families in eviction court. Under the supervision of LCBH staff attorneys, volunteers will have the opportunity to handle all aspects of representation from start to finish, including client interviews, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, court appearances, and both bench and jury trials. Because evictions are heard on an expedited schedule, cases may settle quickly or proceed to trial within a few months. Volunteers may also represent renters in non-litigation matters, such as landlord-tenant disputes, in order to help them avoid eviction filings.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing levels the playing field in eviction court by providing legal services to Chicago’s renters facing eviction or other issues that contribute to housing instability, such as foreclosure-related problems, utility shutoffs, unsafe or substandard building conditions, and building vacates and mass evictions.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Flexible

Training and support

LCBH provides an initial 1-hour, in-person training on the basics of landlord-tenant law and eviction court practice. LCBH also provides volunteers with a resource manual, samples, and ongoing support.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, writing/drafting, negotiations, trial skills

Skills and resources required

None

Location

Chicago, IL