Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Clinic

To Request Pro Bono Assistance in the Greater Chicago Area

Our Pro Bono Clinic in conjunction with Chicago Volunteer Legal services is located in the offices of
HOW, Inc.
1607 W Howard St
Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60626

Intake interviews begin at 5:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. We will interview everyone who comes to the clinic to determine whether we can help.

We only accept walk-ins, starting at 5:00 p.m. on the day we are hosting a clinic.

Since 1979, Schiff Hardin attorneys have staffed one of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services' storefront legal clinics in a neighborhood on the far north side of Chicago.

Several other firms have followed our pioneering concept of "adopting a clinic" — that is, lawyers from a firm committing to provide legal services to the poor in a particular neighborhood on an ongoing basis.

Schiff Hardin attorney Kelly M. Warner is a member of the Executive Committee and Paul E. Dengel is a member of the Advisory Board. Heidi Hennig Rowe serves as a co-chair. Currently 50 of our attorneys actively donate their time and talents to the Howard Area Community Center Legal Clinic.

Our attorneys assist in all types of legal problems, including:

  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Commercial debts
  • Benefits terminations
  • Uncontested divorces
  • Adoptions
  • Child support matters

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services has a 50-year history of serving the working poor in Chicago. CVLS's more than 2,000 volunteers have served nearly 300,000 clients with their everyday legal needs. Fully funded by the private sector, CVLS's refusal of government support allows their volunteers to concentrate on those Chicagoans who make too much to qualify for government support but cannot afford legal services. They are everyday people facing everyday problems.

For more information on CVLS, visit their Web site: