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Newsletter 5  |  FALL/WINTER

Our Mission
The mission of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic is to provide essential legal services to all residents of Highland Park and Highwood who otherwise cannot afford them.

A Note from our Executive Director

These are volatile times for Immigration.  With the President’s rescission of DACA, or the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival on September 5th, the Clinic stood by the young people we’ve helped in our immigrant community in the wake of the President’s decision to rescind the Executive Order on DACA.  For DACA renewals, we expanded our geographic region, helping any Dreamer who wanted to renew their DACA by the October 5th deadline.  We helped dozens, but there was also the heartbreak of the calls from young people whose renewal fell outside the September 5th-March 5th period.  In one case, we received a call from a young woman whose DACA expired on March 6th

The rescission of DACA makes our Know Your Right’s presentations that much more urgent.  In September we hosted one at District 112 and at Glenbrook South High School. We have plans for another at Highland Park High School later this fall.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation. Non-physical domestic violence is every bit as significant as physical abuse and almost always precedes it. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four women and one in seven men will be a victim of domestic abuse at some point during their lifetime. It is important to raise awareness about what domestic violence looks like, the availability of services and the very real costs to families and communities.

We are proud to partner with Ross’s in Highland Park this month to help raise awareness, provide information about how to help friends, neighbors, and family in need.  Please mention the Clinic the next time you are at Ross’s during the month of October, and they will donate a portion of its sales to the Clinic to help provide services to survivors.
 


Susan B. Shulman, J.D.
Executive Director

     
IN THE NEWS

Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic and National Council of Jewish Women are teaming up for a fantastic fundraiser!  Hosted by Nic + Zoe in Downtown HIghland Park.
 
Join us on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 5-8 PM. Lite bites and sips. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Nic + Zoe sweater. 10% of proceeds will go to HPHLAC and 10% to NCJW.

 

This summer, Celebrate Highwood, the host of the annual North Shore Taco Fest, launched the first ever North Shore 5K Taco Run on July 22. Celebrate Highwood graciously offered the Clinic the opportunity to be a beneficiary of this run.  Thanks to their generous offer and the active participation of over 160 runners, the event raised over $4,500 dollars for the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic! An additional $500 was donated by Celebrate Highwood for a total donation of $5,000.

Celebrate Highwood was proud to present a check for $5,000 to Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic from its first ever North Shore Taco 5K Run & Walk held on Saturday July 22, 2017.
     

SAVE THE DATE!

HPHLAC's Annual Meeting is November 8th!

NCJW & HPHLAC FUNDRAISER:
NIC + ZOE
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28 
5-8 PM
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Open Clinic: Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
The Clinic is grateful for the support and partnership we receive from our area clergy. North Shore Congregation Israel (1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe) hosted a conversation about Community, Social Justice, and Hope this past September. A Yom Kippur panel discussion was led by Rabbi Ryan Daniels, and included Alicia De La Cruz & Marykay Foy from the Clinic, and Fr. Tom Baldonieri of St. James Catholic Church (Highwood).  Executive Director Susan Shulman also appeared on a similar panel at Congregation Solel on Yom Kippur.
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

some important facts:
 
The American Medical Association estimates that up to 35% of all hospital emergency department visits by women result from domestic violence assaults.

According to the Illinois State Police, there was one reported domestic violence crime every four minutes, 12 seconds in 2003. This is equivalent to 342 reports each day (Crime in Illinois, 2003 Uniform Crime Report, Illinois State Police.)

According to the FBI, Violence against women is the most common and least reported of all crimes.  In fact, they estimate that domestic violence is under-reported by 10 to one.

OUR INVALUABLE STAFF: Staff Attorney, Marykay Foy

MaryKay Foy is Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic's Director of Domestic Violence Practice. She grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Highland Park. 

MaryKay always knew that she would focus on Law. After completing her undergraduate work at Marquette University with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science in 1976, Marykay found work in the insurance industry allowing her to save money for law school.

MaryKay began her career in Insurance with Kemper Insurance Group as a Commercial Account Executive. Then moved on to Intercontinental Financial Group of North America (IFGNA) in Kansas City for 3 years. Marykay was General Manager there. She specialized in large commercial accounts for Casualty and Worker’s Compensation. After IFGNA, Marykay worked for Near North National Group for a total of 20 years in the insurance industry. 

MaryKay's true desire, however, was to focus on Public Service and litigation. To further that end, she earned a law degree from Loyola University.

After she graduated from law school, MaryKay became a prosecutor for Lake County. She worked for Lake County for nineteen years- the last five of which she focused on prosecuting felonies in the domestic violence division.  Lake County offered an early retirement package which Marykay accepted. 

MaryKay came to work at the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic after hearing about a position from Executive DIrector,  Susan Shulman. MaryKay's experience prosecuting on behalf of the people, as well as serving on the Board of A Safe Place for six years, and working with the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County afforded her great experience which she brings to the Clinic. 

While it is a dream of MaryKay's to completely eradicate domestic violence through her work, she is hopeful that she can find solutions for clients seeking the Clinic's help. Citizenship status, fear of deportation, or lack of financial means often impede victims from even reporting the violence committed against them. MaryKay's philosophy is that she is working for the client. Her first priority working at the Clinic is to keep the community of people seeking the aid of the clinic safe.

In September of this year, MaryKay taught at an ISBA (Illinois State Bar Association) seminar about interviewing children who are victims of crime.

 

OUR INVALUABLE STAFF: Intern, Jacqueline Zamudio
 

Jacqueline Zamudio was born and raised in Mexico. She came to the United States when she was 14, and currently lives in Highland Park with her mother, father, and younger brother. Jacqueline's father has lived here his entire life, and is a citizen, as are Jacqueline and her younger brother. Her mom is considered a resident. 

Jacqueline graduated from Highland Park High School. She is a senior with a double major in Sociology and Anthropology, and Spanish, at Lake Forest College. Upon the completion of her studies at Lake Forest College, Jacqueline hopes to find work in a non-profit organization offering social services to the community. One of her life goals is to earn a post-graduate degree in Social Work. 

Jacqueline came to Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic in late August to begin an internship for school credit. She was referred to the Clinic by her scholarship mentor. While her daily tasks at the Clinic change, recently she has been focusing on research for fundraising ideas and opportunities to raise money in the areas of Domestic Violence, Immigration and Housing- three areas the Clinic focuses on. Jacqueline also sits in on intake meetings with potential new clients to gain knowledge on how the process works, as well as to familiarize herself with the specific services offered at HPHLAC. 

Jacqueline's work with the Clinic has been invaluable.
How you can help: There are several ways one can volunteer at the Clinic.
  1. The Clinic is always looking for fluent Spanish speakers who can serve as interpreters and translators.
  2. We always need attorneys to take cases in our three practice areas: immigration, domestic violence and housing.
  3. Non-attorneys can help by lending their technological skills.
To set up an appointment, please call us at (847) 926-1867 or email us at info@hphlegalaid.org.  
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