News Tag: Volunteer

February 24, 2017

Immigration Pro Bono Opportunities

Interested in learning more about the ever-changing landscape of immigration-related pro bono opportunities? Check out Illinois Legal Aid Online’s roundup of volunteer opportunities assisting Chicago’s immigrant and refugee populations. You can also get trained on deportation defense on Thursday, March 16, 1:00-5:30 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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January 20, 2017

Mediation Skills Training

Interested in building your mediation skills and volunteering as a mediator? Take the Center for Conflict Resolution’s (CCR) Mediation Skills training. This hands-on 40 hour training will be held on February 27-28 and March 6-8 from 8:30am-5pm at 11 E. Adams. For pricing, CLE credit availability, other information, and to register, visit CCR’s website.

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December 15, 2016

National Immigrant Justice Center

Looking to provide critical pro bono representation for asylum-seekers in the new year? National Immigrant Justice Center is holding a training on February 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Greenberg Traurig (77 W. Wacker). CLE credit will be available.

To sign up, RSVP to

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November 3, 2016

pro bono week fairPro Bono Week 2016 Enthusiastic Crowds, Exciting New Programs

The CBA and CBF’s 12th Annual Pro Bono Week featured a number of successful programs and events that underscored this year’s theme, Caring, One Person at a Time. Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg, Executive Director of the Family Defense Center, and Andrew Vail, Partner at Jenner & Block LLP, co-chaired the Week, which ran from October 24 to 28. We are delighted that hundreds of legal professionals in Chicago came together to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to encourage even more pro bono work in the year ahead.

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October 13, 2016

Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Rule and You

All Illinois lawyers can expect to receive their annual ARDC registration statements this month, which again will include questions about their pro bono work and related financial contributions over the past year pursuant to the pro bono reporting requirement adopted by the Supreme Court in 2006. If you haven’t taken a pro bono case or made a financial contribution yet this year, it’s not too late. There’s still time for you to get involved and contribute before you complete your registration, and below are some resources to help you do that.

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August 15, 2016

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Interested in doing pro bono work and want the opportunity to explore different types of cases and time commitments? Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) is having a new volunteer orientation on Thursday, October 13th at 12:15 pm at their offices (33 N. Dearborn St., #400) where you can sit down with a CVLS staff attorney as they take you through the ins and outs of being a CVLS pro bono attorney.

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July 13, 2016

Pro Bono Network

Do you live in Oak Park, Lincoln Park, or Hinsdale?  Attend one of Pro Bono Network‘s upcoming open houses to learn more about how you can connect with like-minded attorneys in your area to provide pro bono services through this innovative organization in partnership with other pro bono and legal aid organizations.

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June 16, 2016

CARPLS Training Now Offered Online

Interested in doing pro bono work and want control over your training schedule? CARPLS now offers the substantive law portion (consumer debt, landlord/tenant, domestic relations) of its training online! Complete at your own pace (for up to 3 CLE credits) and then attend an in-person training in July to learn the CARPLS system. To register, or for more information, contact Leslie Wallin at 312.421.4427 or

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May 13, 2016

Family Law Pro Bono with Incarcerated Mothers

Are you interested in helping families maintain stability and positive parent-child connections during a time of crisis? Want to learn more about family law?

Join the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid for their upcoming training on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CGLA (740 N. Milwaukee Ave.). This training will focus on how to access Cook County Jail, short term guardianship, court ordered guardianship, divorce, custody, visitation, and general DCFS issues.

After the training, volunteer shifts can be completed any day of the week, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and do not require advance scheduling.

Register for the training through ILAO or email Alexis Mansfield with any questions.

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March 18, 2016

Eviction Program Helps Both Landlords and Tenants

Not every landlord is in the rental business. For small landlords, renting out a portion of their home often generates a primary source of income. Losing that rent could mean falling behind on a mortgage.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services is the only local legal aid organization that represents landlords as well as tenants. They are hosting a three-part training on housing law, beginning with Eviction Basics on April 13, Eviction Practice on May 11, and Issues in Subsidized Housing on June 8.

For more information, visit their posting here.

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