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Representation in Chancery Court Access to Justice Program

Chancery Court Judges appoint CVLS to represent low-income pro se defendants with meritorious claims or defenses. Volunteer attorneys with some experience in mortgage foreclosure defense represent low-income clients who find themselves on the verge of losing their homes, but often with a viable claim or defense. CVLS volunteers also represent clients who are challenging subsidized housing evictions and other governmental administrative appeals.

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 CVLS orientation (1 hr.), then varies depending on case.

Training and support

A 1-hour volunteer orientation is required. CVLS provides extensive in-person and recorded trainings, manuals, and support throughout the case as needed. Specific subject areas, including deceased borrowers in foreclosure and reverse mortgage foreclosures, have special online trainings.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

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

Skills and resources required

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

Location

Chicago, IL

Representation in Chancery Court Access to Justice Program

Chancery Court Judges appoint CVLS to represent low-income pro se defendants with meritorious claims or defenses. Volunteer attorneys with some experience in mortgage foreclosure defense represent low-income clients who find themselves on the verge of losing their homes, but often with a viable claim or defense. CVLS volunteers also represent clients who are challenging subsidized housing evictions and other governmental administrative appeals.

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 CVLS orientation (1 hr.), then varies depending on case.

Training and support

A 1-hour volunteer orientation is required. CVLS provides extensive in-person and recorded trainings, manuals, and support throughout the case as needed. Specific subject areas, including deceased borrowers in foreclosure and reverse mortgage foreclosures, have special online trainings.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

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

Skills and resources required

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

Location

Chicago, IL