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Blank Slate Records Program
Attorneys assess applicants’ eligibility for criminal records relief for free, notify the applicant, and in appropriate cases provide full representation on a sliding scale for pardon, sealing, expungement, and other relief. Through the Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project, the program provides in-court assistance to pro se individuals seeking to expunge or seal their criminal records.
The Blank Slate Records Program is generously supported by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.
Child Advocacy Program
Domestic Violence Program
Individuals seeking assistance with an Emergency Order of Protection (or Stalking/No Contact Order) are assigned to a DV panel attorney and receive a call back within 48 hours for a consultation. CLC attorneys sometimes assist with the Emergency OP, but more often connect the individual with other assistance for the emergency and then help with the follow up hearing.
If you have a domestic violence issue, please contact our intake specialists from 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday at 773-731-1762. If you have an emergency outside these hours, please contact the Illinois Domestic Violence 24-Hour Helpline at 1-(877)-863-6338.
The Domestic Violence Program is supported by the Illinois Attorney General.
Homeowner Assistance Program
Attorneys provide assistance to defendants in mortgage foreclosure cases, providing brief services in the form of consultation and advice and preparation of legal documents at the Foreclosure Advice Desk. Attorneys also provide full representation in select cases.
Visit Daley Center, CL-16 between 8:30AM and 2:30PM on weekdays (excluding court holidays).
The Homeowner Assistance Program is supported by the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois and the Albert Pick Jr. Fund.
Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk
Attorneys provide brief services in the form of consultation and advice, assistance with legal documents, and occasionally extended representation in the areas of paternity and child support.
Visit Daley Center, CL-16, from 8:30AM to 12:15PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays).
The Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.
Environmental Law Program
In partnership with IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and Northwestern University, the program addresses environmental problems impacting low-income communities in Illinois.
The Environmental Law Program is supported by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, IIT Kent, and EarthShare.
Municipal Advice Desk Referral Program
Attorney takes cases referred by CARPLS Municipal Advice Desk for substantive representation in collections, evictions, and torts cases with meritorious defenses.
Help is by referral only from the CARPLS Municipal Advice Desk.
The Municipal Advice Desk Referral Program is supported by Cook County and the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Pro Bono Program
Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project
Attorneys provide brief services in the form of in-court advocacy on behalf of self-represented individuals petitioning for expungement or sealing of their criminal records and who are facing opposition from the Illinois State Police, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, or the Attorney General’s Office.
Legal help through this project is not pre-arranged. It is provided to individuals in-court on the date of their prescheduled hearing.
The Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project is generously sponsored by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.
Foreclosure Substantive Representation
Attorneys provided more extensive services in the area of mortgage foreclosure defense than are available at CAD. Services range from reviewing cases for substantive defenses to negotiating dignified exits to litigation.
The Foreclosure Substantive Representation program is supported by the Lawyers' Trust Fund of Illinois and the Albert Pick Jr. Foundation.