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Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

CVLS is an organization of nearly 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. At only $101 per case, CVLS is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of totally free legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago. CVLS is recognized as the most comprehensive, most efficient and most cost-effective civil legal aid provider in Chicago.

CVLS volunteers and staff attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of civil matters.  While much of their work involves litigation, they also handle administrative and non-litigation matters.

Their caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate and consumer issues.

Each year, Williams Montgomery & John fields a team for the CVLS Race Judicata 5k Run, which raises funds to support CVLS programs that make substantial positive impact on the lives of its clients.


2011 Race
The WM&J Race Judicata  Team poses for a team shot before the competition begins.  The race benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Pictured left to right are Jordan Shea, Vilma Stark, James Lynch, Mary Bortscheller, David Applegate, Howard Huntington, Ashley Bowers, Tammy Turner, Laura Rader, Cynthia Shelley and David Stevenson.