Volunteer Opportunities


Attorney and Law Student Intake Program


Cabrini Green Legal Aid


740 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642



Volunteer attorneys and law students interview potential clients at the CGLA office and satelite offices in Chicago. Following intake interviews, volunteers attend the weekly intake meeting at CGLA's office to present the potential client's information to staff, volunteers, and interns. At the intake meeting, all staff and volunteers vote on which cases to accept, refer to other sources, or provide advice.

Volunteers attend a 2-hour orientation session at CGLA's office and then observe three intake sessions and the corresponding intake meeting before conducting intake interviews independently. CGLA's volunteer coordinator and staff attorneys provide support to volunteers.

About the organization

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – they are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. This is accomplished by combining high-quality legal services with supportive services coordinated through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations. Legal representation focuses on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through criminal defense work, criminal records work and civil cases that arise from criminal justice system involvement.

Who We Serve

We serve residents of the City of Chicago in civil and criminal defense cases and residents of Cook County in criminal records cases.