Power of Attorney Clinics

A Power of Attorney in Illinois gives another person (the “ agent”) an ability to make health care or financial/property decisions on your behalf if you (the “principal”) become incapacitated or unable to make decisions on your own.

Why are Power of Attorneys important?

POAs are an important part of an individual’s overall plan for their health and financial well being as it is too late to choose an agent once an individual becomes incapacitated and needs a POA. If you do not have a POA for health care, your family and your doctors will make health care decisions for you. The doctor must ask your family and friends about what to do, in the following order:

  1. Guardian
  2. Spouse
  3. Adult children
  4. Parent
  5. Siblings
  6. Grandchild
  7. Close family friends
  8. Guardian of the estate

You might disagree with the decision your family makes. Or, your family members may not agree on how to handle your medical care. A POA for health care give you control over how decisions are made for you. The agent you choose will carry out your wishes.

In the case of financial estate management, the absence of a POA can lead to time consuming and expensive remedies for family members if proper planning has not been completed. Generally, if a person has not assigned an agent to act on their behalf, control of financial management reverts to the state.

How long does getting a Power of Attorney take?

Typically, an hour meeting with an attorney is adequate time to execute the POA documents. The documents should be notarized and this is something HPHLAC can do at its offices.

How often does the Highland Park- Highwood Legal Aid Clinic have Power of Attorney clinics?

HPHLAC offers POA clinics about once a month at surrounding community senior centers or other interested locales.  In the future, HPHLAC may be able to execute these documents in their office by appointment. 

I want more information about attending a Health Care and/or a Financial Power of Attorney Clinic! Where do I go?

Please call the Highland Park- Highwood Legal Aid Clinic at (847) 737-4042 for more information!

For more information about when the next Power of Attorney Clinics at the Highland Park- Highwood Legal Aid Clinic are happening please call: (847) 737-4042

Learn more About Health Care Power of Attorneys:


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Lo que necesita saber sobre DACA/la renovación de DACA

  1. Solicitududes de DACA iniciales o renovadas que fueron sometidas antes del anuncio del 5 de septiembre continuarán siendo revisadas.
  2. Portadores de DACA cual se vence entre ahora y el 5 de marzo de 2018, son elegibles para la renovación pero la renovación debe ser aceptada por USCIS antes del 5 de octubre de 2017.  Recomendamos mandar su solicitud no más tardar el 1 de octubre de 2017.
  3. Es muy importante que hable con un abogado de inmigración para determinar si es elegible para obtener beneficios de inmigración más permanentes bajo nuestras leyes vigentes.  Para solicitar una consulta legal, por favor llamar al 847-926-1867 o por correo electrónico info@hphlegalaid.org
  4. Documento de autorización de empleo (EADs): Las que fueron emitidas anteriormente, no serán revocadas durante el periodo de validez.
  5. Libertad condicional anticipada (viajando fuera de los Estados Unidos): DHS no aceptará solicitudes nuevas para una libertad condicional anticipada.
  6. Si es portador de DACA, por favor asegurarse de obtener un número de seguro social o una licencia antes de que su DACA expire.

Nuestra misión

La mision de la Clínica legal de Highland Park-Highwood es proporcionar servicios legales pro bono a personas de bajos recursos* quienes viven o trabajan en Highland Park y Highwood en las áreas de inmigración, vivienda y abuso domestico.

* No hay requisistos de ingresos para victimas de abuso domestico.


Summer 2017 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER                                                         Vol. 3 SUMMER 2017



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.



Susan B. Shulman, J.D.

Executive Director

No Le Digas a Nadie – Don’t Tell Anyone

Last month’s “A Night at the Movies,” was a huge success!

Thank you to all our sponsors, and to those who came out in support of the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic. The very powerful and inspiring story of young Immigrant, Angy Rivera, and her journey to unbind herself from the fear and restraints her illegal status cast upon her is an empowering story of perseverance, fearlessness and determination which left many of our audience members gripped by emotion.  Angy’s story reminds us of the importance our work at HPHLAC provides to the community. Thank you again to all for your support.

Health Care Foundation of Highland Park

A Night at the Movies:

Our Sponsors




Allstate Insurance Company

Baizer Kolar P.C.

Becker Gurian

Hal & Diane Gershowitz

Highland Park Community Foundation

Terry and Geoff Kass

Polsinelli P.C.

William and Sheila Wasserman




Andy & Amy Bluhm

Andrew & Gail Brown

Congregation Solel

Richard Cortesi

DLA Piper

First Bank of Highland Park

Ron & Pam Futterman and Dan & Samantha Fisher

Foley & Lardner LLP

Holland & Knight

Hal & Nancy Krent

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC

Mayor Nancy Rotering

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP

Alvin Shulman

Caryn and Gerold Skurnick

Andrew & Amy Small

U.S. Bank N.A.




William and Susan Abrams

Galya Ben-Arieh and Jim Ruffer

Berger Schatz

Gould & Ratner LLP

Robert and Melanie Harris

Highland Park Bank & Trust

Jaqueline Hirsh

Israel Cancer Research Fund

JP Morgan

Kantor Apter & Esposito, Ltd.

Melissa Kerpel

Betsy & Scott Lassar

Lavin & Waldon, P.C.

Millennium Properties R/E

North Shore College Consulting

Daniel & Rhoda Pierce

Ross Highland Park

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

Shaw Legal Services, Ltd.

Sunset Foods

Barbara Weiner

Wiczer & Sheldon, LLC





The Bent Fork

Avery Cohen

Design by Steve Haskin


Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn

Hon. Alyssa Knobel





Bluegrass Restaurant

Betsy Brint & Hon. Sally Higginson

Dunkin’ Donuts

Highland Park Bank & Trust

Larry Mason

Molly Maids

Once Upon a Bagel

Park District of Highland Park

Ravinia Festival

Real Urban Barbecue

Gabriel Viti

Karla Livney 

Karla Livney grew up in Philadelphia. She attended the University of Vermont, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After leaving for college, her mom moved to Highland Park. Karla has always enjoyed critical thinking and analysis, never doubting that her career path would lead her towards something in the legal field. Karla chose The University of Illinois Law School to foster these dreams, eventually making Highland Park her permanent home.

Upon graduating from the University of Illinois, Magna Cum Laude, Karla began practicing law with McDermott, Will and Emery, then moved to Goldberg Kohn, working with clients in the areas of commercial and employment litigation. She was also a Board member of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation. This led her to become involved with the Chicago Charter School Foundation, one of the first charter schools in Chicago. This work ultimately inspired her to leave private practice and become the Executive Director of that organization. After taking time off to raise her family, Karla became an active volunteer at Pro Bono Network, an organization that partners with legal aid agencies offering legal services to those in need.

Karla came to the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic several weeks ago after concluding a four year term as a District 112 Board Member.  During her time as a board member, Karla met many people in the community and became acutely aware of the community’s need for legal services.

Karla’s work in public law has always been her passion, and working in private commercial practice was the path Karla chose. However, for a variety of reasons, Karla recently decided to make a change and use her skills towards helping our most vulnerable community members enabling them to prosper in and around our community. It is Karla’s hope to, “Provide people with an opportunity to choose their own path when given the freedom to live their lives to their fullest potential.”

Karla’s understanding of the most recent changes in immigration law have confirmed the difficulty many undocumented immigrants face of being productive and contributing members of society. Karla’s hope is that the Clinic’s capacity to supply legal services as they are needed continues to grow in order to meet the demands of the community.


On Tuesday May 16, 2017, at Highland Park High School (HPHS) the Clinic Student Board hosted the second Highland Park-Highwood Legal AId Clinic Naturalization Ceremony, where approximately 133 citizen candidates from around the world were sworn in as U.S. citizens . Carissa Coen, Chief of Staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, administered the Oath of Allegiance.

The Clinic Student Board was founded by Clinic Board member Terry Horwitz Kass as an opportunity for high school students to gain hands on experience in providing advocacy for those in need while learning about the legal profession.

Mayor Nancy Rotering, who founded the Clinic to provide access to justice for individuals who live or work in Highland Park and Highwood focusing on the areas of immigration, housing matters, and domestic abuse, was present.  “We all share the desire to succeed. Together we create a stronger city, state and nation.” Said Rotering.

The inspiring words were echoed by HPHS’s principal,Tom Koulentes as he pointed to the inscribed words on the auditorium’s wall, “Dream…Believe…Achieve,” explaining that this idea is very poignant, and not only applies to the students attending HPHS, but to all who walk among us. Principal Koulentes went on to say,  “Those seeking citizenship in the United States are living proof that this idea is very much alive.”

Our client,

The League of Women Voters were there to register newly Naturalized CItizens.

Highland Park Stands With Its Immigrant Community

On February 27, 2017, the City Council adopted a Resolution endorsing the Lake County Welcoming and Inclusive Community Pledge.  The City of Highland Park is committed to being an inclusive community by serving all residents and families regardless of their background, and  encourages the community to join in signing the pledge which can be found by clicking the link below.

Welcome and Inclusive Community Pledge

On Tuesday March 21, 2017 the District 112 Board of Education approved a resolution declaring that North Shore School District 112 is a Safe Haven School District. Among other things, this declaration states that all D112 schools are to be safe havens for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Safe Haven Resolution


There are several ways one can volunteer at the Clinic.

  1. We need help with immigration cases! Non-attorneys and attorneys wanting to help with immigration, including family based petitions, can take an on-line e-learning course for a discounted cost.To register follow this link:  https://cliniclegal.org/coil-application-april-2017. Space is limited!
  2. The Clinic is always looking for fluent Spanish speakers who can serve as interpreters and translators.
  3. We always need attorneys able to take cases in our three practice areas: immigration, domestic violence and housing.
  4. Non-attorneys can help by lending their technological skills.


This popular and fun party in the park provides great food, entertainment and shopping. HPHLAC will have a table JUNE 21. Stop by and see us!. The Market is held in EVERTS PARK from 4-7pm, located on Highwood Avenue just West of Green Bay Road.



To set up an appointment,
please call us at (847) 926-1867
or email us at info@hphlegalaid.org.

HPHLAC is a private, independent not for profit corporation that is supported by, but not affiliated with, the cities of Highland Park and Highwood.  When it seeks to enforce building code violations against landlords, it is doing so on behalf of its clients, and not on behalf of the cities in which they reside.

Clinic Co-Hosts Panel on Domestic Violence in Anticipation of Domestic Awareness Month in October

The Clinic got an early start on Domestic Violence Awareness Month last night, September 20th, picture-of-panel by co-hosting a community discussion, “No More Domestic Violence: Know More.” last night.
The discussion with Highland Park Police Chief Paul Shafer and representatives from SHALVA, A Safe Place and a family law attorney, Nancy Chausow Shafer provided the opportunity to ask questions about domestic abuse in a safe environment, learn the signs and how to help friends, neighbors and family in need.
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.
Together we will raise awareness about what domestic violence looks like, the availability of services and the very real costs to families and communities.
The event was a partnership between A Safe Place, the City of Highland Park, The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, Park District of Highland Park and SHALVA. It was an honor to be included with these committee with these incredible organizations.
To learn more about the panel last night or reach any of the participating organizations please contact the Highland Park/Highwood Legal Aid Clinic at info@nslegalaid.org.

Successful Event at First Bank of Highland Park

Throughout the month of August, HPHLAC was the featured non-profit at the First Bank of Highland Park Ruth Fell Wander Community Wall. We were honored to be selected and to have the opportunity for the community to learn more about the services we provide. Highlights on the wall included success stories about how the clinic’s volunteer attorneys have helped individuals and their families during its first year of operation. It included information about partner agencies that are integral to the clinic’s work.

On Thursday, August 25th, we celebrated our first year of operation and our display with members of the Board, volunteers, clients, and community members. The presentation included statements from our new Executive Director, Susan Shulman; our Managing Attorney, Kathryn Vanden Berk; Mayor Nancy Rotering; and a client who we successfully helped in a housing matter.

Thank you to the First Bank of Highland Park and all the attendees! We are so happy you could celebrate with us!

HPH Legal Aid Now BIA Accredited!

In April, the Clinic received accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), an office within the Department of Justice, to work with a wide variety of immigration matters. This not only recognizes the clinic as a qualified provider of immigration legal services, but it also recognizes specific members of its staff as qualified to practice immigration law before the Board.

“This is a great accomplishment to obtain BIA accreditation in our first year of operations” said Kathryn Vanden Berk, Managing Attorney. “We knew from the outset that immigration would be a primary focus of the clinic, and to achieve this recognition as a relatively new organization is a tremendous accomplishment.”

The BIA-accredited representatives are allowed to practice in the area of immigration law even though they do not have licenses to practice law. The accreditation affirms a high level of training and experience. Executive Director Karyn Davidman and Immigration specialist Esteban Carbajal each received this accreditation. Esteban is an employee of HACES in Waukegan, a service provider in the Hispanic community, where he is involved with immigration matters on a daily basis. He works with the clinic’s Spanish-speaking clients and he has prepared many immigration applications during the clinic’s first year of existence.

Lilac Tree Event (5/1): Divorce University™

Learn from Divorce Professionals ~ Understand the Process ~ Meet Women Rebuilding their Lives.

For women in the midst of separation, contemplating divorce, starting or facing the divorce process or even early in the process, the Lilac will be hosting Divorce University™.

A one-day conference to support, educate and connect women on the LEGAL, FINANCIAL and EMOTIONAL aspects of the divorce process. They will hear from a Judge, Family Law Attorneys, Mediators, Collaborative Practitioners, Financial Planners, Therapists, Divorce Coaches, etc., as well as women who have come through the divorce process.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 1st  8:15am – 4:30pm

Cost: **Early Bird Price $100 (save $30) ENDS March 31st !!**

Registration Required. Call 847.328.0313 for more information or to register.

$130 in advance, $150 at the door (if space remains). Pay online at www.thelilactree.org or mail a check to 1123 Emerson Street, Suite 215, Evanston, IL 60201. Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and all materials provided on the day.

Conference Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL

(Note: If you are now post-decree, we would appreciate hearing from you so that we can provide information about the many Lilac Tree programs and services that we offer to women after the divorce has been finalized.  Simply reply to this email to let us know that your divorce has been finalized.)

Thank you First Bank of Highland Park for Becoming a Founding Sponsor

Pictured are Karyn Davidman, Executive Director, Kathryn Vanden Berk, Managing Attorney and Board Chair, Denise Bryant, Director of Marketing, First Bank of Highland Park, Marketing Assistant Angela Santello and Steve Elrod, HPHLAC Board Secretary.

Thank you First Bank of Highland Park for its generosity. We depend on the benevolence of community members for the daily operation of the Clinic.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation to the Clinic, please call (847)-926-1867 or e-mail info@hphlegalaid.org.




Housing Forum for Tenants’ Rights Training- Oct. 17

The Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic will hosting a housing forum on Saturday, October 17, 9.30am-11am at Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave. We invite those who want to learn about their legal rights as tenants or requirements as a landlord.

For more information, please click here.

Para obtener más información, por favor haga clic aquí.