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Jail Family Law Clinic

The Jail Family Law Clinic provides legal advice for mothers in Cook County Jail and various transitional settings including halfway homes, work release programs, shelters, and pretrial detention facilities. Volunteers conduct an in-person intake session with clients and then provide advice in the form of a closeout letter. In addition, volunteers often assist clients with executing short term guardianship paperwork, researching foster care cases, and drafting short motions or responses.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

3–5 hours per month. The Jail is open to attorneys seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Volunteers go to the Jail when they have availability during the day, evenings, weekends, and even on holidays.

Training and support

Volunteers attend training either in person or by watching a recorded program and receive extensive resources. Volunteers also shadow another volunteer prior to conducting independent appointments and have access to a supervising attorney as well as a network of experienced Jail Clinic volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

client counseling and interviewing; writing/drafting; legal research; familiarity with Cook County Jail

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Jail Family Law Clinic

The Jail Family Law Clinic provides legal advice for mothers in Cook County Jail and various transitional settings including halfway homes, work release programs, shelters, and pretrial detention facilities. Volunteers conduct an in-person intake session with clients and then provide advice in the form of a closeout letter. In addition, volunteers often assist clients with executing short term guardianship paperwork, researching foster care cases, and drafting short motions or responses.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

3–5 hours per month. The Jail is open to attorneys seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Volunteers go to the Jail when they have availability during the day, evenings, weekends, and even on holidays.

Training and support

Volunteers attend training either in person or by watching a recorded program and receive extensive resources. Volunteers also shadow another volunteer prior to conducting independent appointments and have access to a supervising attorney as well as a network of experienced Jail Clinic volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

client counseling and interviewing; writing/drafting; legal research; familiarity with Cook County Jail

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL