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Veteran's Pro Bono Program

Volunteer attorneys can represent lower income service members, veterans or their immediate family members in all types of civil litigation including divorce, custody, adoption, consumer contract and insurance issues, collection and tort defense, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant matters (including evictions, representing either landlords or tenants), wills, decedent's estates, guardianship and advanced directives. A CVLS staff person will call a volunteer and describe a specific case. The volunteer may accept or decline it. CVLS provides extensive training materials including video-taped trainings, manuals and in-person individual support throughout the case as needed. 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.

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

Varies

Training and support

  • 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

Skills and resources required

Basic legal knowledge and some experience in the subject matter or in civil litigation, depending on complexity of case.

Location

Chicago, IL

Veteran's Pro Bono Program

Volunteer attorneys can represent lower income service members, veterans or their immediate family members in all types of civil litigation including divorce, custody, adoption, consumer contract and insurance issues, collection and tort defense, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant matters (including evictions, representing either landlords or tenants), wills, decedent's estates, guardianship and advanced directives. A CVLS staff person will call a volunteer and describe a specific case. The volunteer may accept or decline it. CVLS provides extensive training materials including video-taped trainings, manuals and in-person individual support throughout the case as needed. 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.

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

Varies

Training and support

  • 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

Skills and resources required

Basic legal knowledge and some experience in the subject matter or in civil litigation, depending on complexity of case.

Location

Chicago, IL