Chicago Volunteer Legal Services


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

CVLS Collaboration

The Illinois Disability Pooled Trust is proud to partner with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services to expand and enhance pro bono services to low-income persons with disabilities and their guardians!

Through donations made by and through the IDA, CVLS can accept more court appointments to serve as GAL (guardian ad litem) for disabled adults and can help more family members and caretakers petition for guardianship. In addition, IDA attorneys will provide training, mentoring and legal assistance to CVLS program staff and volunteers.

Together, we will be able to continue to ensure legal protections for some of Illinois’ most vulnerable residents.

Seminar Series

We presented a series of Continuing Legal Education seminars in conjunction with the CVLS collaboration. Click on any of the titles to view these free seminars.

Deconstructing the Role of a “Care-Manager:” January 21, 2015 (presented by Howard Berk, Executive Director)
Special Needs Trusts: March 18, 2015 (presented by Eileen Durkin, IDA Staff Attorney)

IDA’s own Howard Berk was a contributing attorney to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) four (4) fiduciary guides, so as to assist lay persons in complying with their fiduciary obligations. Please click onto the link to download the guide that may apply to you or your loved one:

Agents Acting Under a Power of Attorney
Court Appointed Guardians of the Estate
Trustees Under a Revocable Living Trust
Representative Payees & VA Fiduciaries

Make a donation to the IDA/CVLS collaboration

To make a contribution to this collaboration and help us advocate for the legal rights of persons with disabilities:


CVLS’ low per-case cost means that for $150, you can change someone’s life. Click the button below to securely donate the amount of your choosing, or help ensure our continued ability to advocate for society’s most vulnerable citizens with a recurring donation.

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Mail a check, payable to the Illinois Disability Pooled Trust, to:

IDA / CVLS Collaboration
c/o Illinois Disability Pooled Trust
120 S. LaSalle Street, 7th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60603

About CVLS

CVLS is an organization of nearly 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. At only $109 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. Learn more at