Eviction Prevention: Updates on the Moratorium, Eviction, and Rental Assistance Q&A – August 9 (Spanish) and August 11 (English)

Eviction Prevention: Updates on the Moratorium, Eviction, and Rental Assistance Q&A – August 9 (Spanish) and August 11 (English)

As the Eviction Moratorium comes to an end, the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is encouraging rental tenants to know their rights. Governor Pritzker  issued an executive order on July 23, 2021, that allows landlords to ask a court to evict both unprotected and protected tenants starting on August 1, 2021. Eviction orders will be allowed to be enforced after August 31, 2021.

 

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic will be hosting presentations with Q&A regarding the Moratorium, the eviction process, and remaining rental assistance programs. Attorneys will be present to answer any legal questions.

 

We will host the sessions in Spanish and in English. We invite guests to join us via Ring Central.

 

 

Oportunidad especial - Prevención de desalojo: Actualizaciones sobre la moratoria, el desalojo y la asistencia para el alquiler Q&A - 9 de agosto a las 5 p.m.

 

A medida que finaliza la Moratoria de desalojo, se les recomienda a los inquilinos a informarse sobre cómo preparar y protegerse contra el desalojo. El gobernador Pritzker planea emitir una orden ejecutiva el 23 de julio que permitirá a los propietarios solicitar a un tribunal que desaloje tanto a los inquilinos desprotegidos como a los protegidos a partir del 1 de agosto. Después del 31 de agosto, se podrán hacerse cumplir las órdenes de desalojo.

 

La Clínica de Asistencia Legal North Suburban ofrecerá una presentación y una sesión de preguntas y respuestas cubriendo temas como la Moratoria, el proceso de desalojo y los programas restantes de asistencia para el alquiler. Los invitamos unirse a nosotros a través de Ring Central el lunes 9 de agosto de 2021 a las 5 p.m. para obtener más información sobre estos temas. La abogada Crystal Ochoa estará presente para responder cualquier pregunta legal. Los invitados pueden acceder a la reunión siguiendo este enlace: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1462736903.

 

Durante esta presentación, cubriremos detalles sobre la eliminación gradual de la Moratoria de Desalojo, el proceso de desalojo y los programas de asistencia para el alquiler que aún están tomando aplicaciones. Únase a nosotros para una presentación y una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con una abogada acompañante.

We Are Moving!

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic will relocate to 3500 Western Avenue, Unit #2 in Highland Park, on Monday, June 28, 2021, and be fully operational on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The Clinic will occupy a full floor in an easy to access office building which will include a meeting room and space to accommodate our growing staff, visitors, and clients. The Clinic will now be able to more fully accommodate clients in need of confidential meeting space. The location includes ample parking, direct access to PACE bus and Union Pacific North Train Line, easy access to US41 North, and a bike station.

“To best serve our clients, accommodate our explosive growth, and ensure that we continue to provide access to justice to those in need in suburban Cook County and throughout Lake County, the Clinic is pleased to be moving to larger and more modern office space that encourages internal and external collaboration, and is conveniently located in the heart of our geographic service area,” stated Executive Director Susan Shulman. “Our relocation is an example of the type of thoughtful and strategic planning that we undertake with every decision we make as we work to serve individuals and families in need of free legal services.”

The Clinic has occupied space at 491 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park since March 2018. Its current lease expired in March 2020. The Clinic began the process of considering options for a relocation in late 2020 while working with pro-bono real estate professional Susan Silver at Millennium Properties. Multiple locations were considered by the Board of Directors and a lease was signed in June 2021.

Immigrant Heritage Month 2021

June is dedicated to sharing the stories of the immigrants that make America what it is today and supporting diversity in our nation. Every family has an immigration story, or knows someone who is an immigrant. We sure do!

To celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month here are some immigration stories from our clients, staff, and volunteers.

Lia Kim-Yi

Director of Immigration Lia Hyunji Kim-Yi’s father was a college professor in South Korea. When her family arrived in the U.S. back in 1985, her father got a job as a deliveryman. When he realized his job couldn't support his wife and three children, he went back to South Korea to continue teaching. Her mom stayed behind to raise Lia and her siblings, while she worked 12-hour days at her own business. For almost 18 years Lia’s father sent back almost his entire salary to the family in the U.S. and only saw them during his vacations. When Lia passed the bar and called her father in South Korea, he cried and told her that she “made his American dream come true, and all those years apart were worth it.”

Esteban Carbajal

Esteban Carbajal is a Staff Attorney. This is his immigration story. “Both my parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico nearly forty years ago.  Each arrived with no more than a fourth-grade education because they came from very poor families that needed them to help contribute to the household income, even as children.  However, these unfortunate circumstances molded my parents into the hardest workers and most benevolent persons I have ever known.  Both have always been willing to sacrifice so much for the sake of others.  After immigrating to the U.S., my father worked twelve-hour shifts as a cook in numerous restaurants and my mom worked multiple jobs at the same time, ranging from housekeeper to seamstress, in order to provide for my sister and me.  Their demanding work schedules allowed for very little family time, but I always recognized it as a necessary sacrifice that my parents willingly bore without any complaints because of their dedication to us.  Their extraordinary work ethic and kindness were what motivated me the most in pursuing a law degree.  Today, I can proudly say that I have obtained my Juris Doctor degree and I will continue to follow my parents’ example by helping others.”

Daniel Schack

Daniel Schack is a member of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic’s Advocacy Committee. His grandfather escaped Nazi Germany. He watched his hometown of Munich burn on Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, he knew needed to leave. After heading first to England and then Australia, he finally ended up in Chicago. Like so many other refugees, Erich Schack owed his and his family’s lives to the willingness of others to take a chance on him. They made a good bet. Daniel’s grandparents built a business in which he and his two brothers now represent the fourth generation.

Miguel & Rosaura

Miguel was a North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Client. We were honored to help him on his journey to become a new American. His father first came to the U.S. in 1985 with the hope of earning a better living to support our family of eleven back in Mexico. He settled in Colorado with a group of friends from his hometown and worked in agriculture picking various fruits. Seven years later, he joined him at the age of seventeen to help lessen the burden of supporting his large family. Together, they picked peaches, apples, and cherries during the warm months. During the winter months they would make apple juice. About three years later, he made his way to Illinois to reunite with the love of his life and now wife, Rosaura. The Clinic helped her to obtain her LPR status after living in the U.S. undocumented for 25 years. Together, they worked multiple jobs, made many sacrifices, and persevered through countless hardships to establish roots here, but they say, “it was all worth it. We had two beautiful daughters here and I finally became a U.S. citizen this year—something I never imagined when I first came here many years ago as a humble seventeen-year-old from a rural Mexican town. I am so appreciative of the many opportunities this country has provided my family and me, and I am especially proud of being able to say that I am a U.S. citizen.”

Susan Shulman

Executive Director Susan Shulman’s grandmother, Ruth Shulman (nee Liederman), was born in Leeds, England as her mother made her way from the Ukraine to Chicago to meet her husband.  When they arrived, Ruth’s father had already taken another wife.  Things were not easy for Ruth – her mother ended up in an asylum, and she grew up in different foster homes.  After her father kicked her out of the house at the age of 12, she worked at a department store in downtown Chicago.  Eventually, she ended up at the Yellow Truck and Coach Company, where she worked for a dashing manager named Louis Shulman.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Ramon

Ramon was a North Suburban Legal Aid client and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. In March of 2018, he came to us for help to petition his wife and fourteen-year-old stepson—both of whom lived in Mexico—for permanent resident status in the U.S.  Ramon and wife had been married for a little over a year by then and finally saved up enough money to pay the processing fees for their case.  The following month we submitted both petitions and by December of 2019 the U.S. Department of State had finished processing the cases.  Both cases were then placed in a queue for an interview at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, which at the time was taking about one year to be scheduled.  Consequently, he was expecting that his wife and stepson would not be able to come into the U.S. until January of 2021. Around the same time the Department of State had notified us that processing of the cases had been completed, Ramon was visiting his wife and stepson in Mexico for the holidays.  While there he started to feel very sick and eventually had to be admitted into a hospital where it was discovered that he had cancer.  The doctors there advised him to return to the U.S. immediately for further evaluation and treatment.

Before returning to the U.S., Ramon contacted the Clinic to see if there was a way to get his wife and stepson into the U.S. sooner since he was worried that his condition could ultimately be fatal.  He wished to have them by his side for support and stated that he did not want to leave them without the opportunity to immigrate.  The Clinic prepared a letter to the Department of State explaining Ramon’s situation and sought to expedite the cases based on humanitarian reasons.  The Department of State granted our request and scheduled an interview for March 19, 2020.

However, two days before the interview the Department of State announced that all interviews would be canceled because of COVID-19.  Luckily, Ramon’s wife and stepson were granted an exception to still be seen because of the extenuating circumstances of their case.  They were interviewed on March 20th and approved for permanent residency the same day so they could be reunited with our client shortly afterward.

Ramon just completed his chemotherapy and says he is so grateful for the help we provided him so his family could be by his side during these difficult times.

Free Virtual Health Care Power of Attorney Clinic for Parents/Guardians of High School or College Age Students Who Are No Longer Minors

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic and the New Trier Township Community Forums partner with attorney Adam Garber from Levenfeld Perlstein to present The Health Care Power of Attorney Document – Why Students Need It on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. This free virtual health care Power of Attorney (POA) clinic is for parents/guardians of high school or college-age students with a permanent address in suburban Cook County and throughout Lake County. Registration in advance is required at info@NSLegalAid.org. A Zoom link and Power of Medical Attorney form will be sent upon event registration.

Notary services for newly issued POA documents are being provided free of charge by New Trier Township on Thursday, June 3, from 1:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. at New Trier Township’s temporary site at the Village of Winnetka, 510 Green Bay Road (room TBD).

The Clinic’s Executive Director Susan Shulman and New Trier Township Supervisor Elect Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg have been working in conjunction on pro-bono legal assistance services for people facing domestic violence, immigration or housing law challenges since 2019. The Clinic is a grantee partner of the Township and is offering new services like the POA clinic to better serve residents.

A healthcare POA is a legal document that allows an individual to empower another person to make decisions about their medical care. A POA refers to both a legal document and a specific person with legal authority. The document can name the parent/guardian as the sole point of contact and decision-maker should the student become medically incapacitated.

Statement Against Hate – Supporting the Asian Community

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is an organization dedicated to equal justice.  Our mission, to provide access to legal services to those in need, reflects our shared values as a community and as a nation: one that stands together in solidarity to defend human dignity and promote the common good.

 

The wave of anti-Asian violence since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is unconscionable. The rhetoric that enables and emboldens violence cannot be normalized, must not be tolerated and needs to stop. A gunman killed eight people at Atlanta-area spas, including six Asians, which is another urgent call to action that we must come together to stop the hate.

 
The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic stands in support of the Asian community. Today we reiterate our commitment to the fundamental principle that all people are worthy of safety, security and protection without regard to race, religion, or country of origin.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Badesch

Bob Badesch is a dedicated volunteer attorney at the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic with the Domestic Violence Law Practice. Bob was a practicing attorney for 45 years. He was a Founding Member and Senior Partner at Badesch Ambramovitch for 15 years. He was also a practicing attorney at other law offices, including the Cook County Public Defender, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law.

Bob Badesch pursued a career in law in order to make access to justice a reality for all people. He feels most fulfilled helping underserved communities and those in need. Bob explains, “the most meaningful times were my years at the Public Defender's Office. I have found the same satisfaction in representing victims of domestic violence at the Clinic. The Clinic provides an invaluable resource in the community. The lawyers and support staff on the Domestic Violence Law team, led by Rebecca Weininger, are doing extraordinary work and I am proud to be a part of that effort.”

Bob is an essential part of the Domestic Violence team and continues to contribute his expertise whenever he can. We are so appreciative of the time he dedicates to helping the Clinic.

Volunteer Spotlight: Karla Livney

Karla Livney is a professional photographer dedicated to capturing unique perspectives. She enjoys collaborating with charitable organizations, small businesses, and individuals seeking to capture their true self in a photo. Karla donates much of her time and services to not for profit organizations, including her generous commitment to helping the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. She has successfully combined her passion for serving underrepresented communities with her passion for photography. Karla explains that her business, “Causeography provides photography services to charitable organizations and individuals who many not otherwise have access to such services.”

Prior to launching Causeography, Karla served as the pro bono managing attorney at the Clinic. As an attorney, throughout her career, she provided legal aid and pro bono services to individuals in need. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois Law School Champaign-Urbana. Karla explains that, “As an attorney by education and training, I understand that providing individuals with means to equal access to justice, regardless of income or status, is paramount to our society. Providing assistance to the clinic in whatever capacity I can helps, I hope, in some small way, to make legal representation possible for more people.” We are grateful to have her as part of our team as an attorney, supporter, and a talented photographer.

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Partners with College of Lake County

The Clinic is pleased to announce a partnership with College of Lake County (CLC). The Clinic’s Immigration Law Practice has teamed up with CLC’s Division of Student Life to offer by appointment immigration clinics and educational presentations for CLC’s immigrant students. Clinic attorneys will offer students the opportunity to receive free, professional legal assistance. They will provide a full-service immigration intake to determine if a student is eligible for forms of immigration relief, such as DACA, VAWA, U Visa, asylum, family-based immigration or any other form of relief. Presentations will include information about Know Your Rights, DACA, and updates to policy and law. Clinics and presentations will be virtual until further notice in an effort to safely serve students during the pandemic.

“Students are our future, and we recognize that immigrant students often experience economic and geographic barriers to accessing legal services. Together we can make a difference in their lives by being accessible and giving them the trusted, confidential legal help and information that they need to live productive and secure lives,” said Director of Immigration Law Practice Lia Kim-Yi. “The Clinic wants to reach every individual in need of access to justice in Lake County. This partnership is another way for us to serve the community and its residents, improve access to justice, and give a hand-up to those who need it most during these challenging times.”

“We are so excited to partner with the Clinic to provide much-needed pro bono legal services in immigration to CLC students this year, with the constantly shifting landscape of DACA and other immigration programs and policies in the midst of a pandemic and a change in administration,” said Jenny Lee, faculty and CLC Title IX Deputy Coordinator. “I’m especially thankful to the Clinic’s Immigration Director Lia Kim-Yi, CLC Dean of Student Life Gabe Lara, and Vice President of Student Development Karen Hlavin for fully supporting this partnership and ensuring that so many of our students will be able to gain access to legal services they otherwise would not have.”

Information about upcoming clinics and presentations will be forwarded to students enrolled at CLC. For more information about the CLC program please contact Dr. Gabe Lara, Dean - Division of Student Life, at 847-543-2963 or glara3@clcillinois.edu. To schedule a free clinic or presentation with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic for an organization, please contact info@NSLegalAid.org or call 847-737-4042.

ABOUT THE NORTH SUBURBAN LEGAL AID CLINIC
ABOUT NORTH SUBURBAN LEGAL AID CLINIC: Mayor Nancy Rotering founded the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic on May 1, 2015. The Clinic provides accessible, quality pro-bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. The Clinic is U.S. Bureau of Immigration Affairs accredited for legal work in immigration law. The Clinic does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation, allowing all clients, regardless of immigration status, to be served. This significantly distinguishes the Clinic from other regional legal aid clinics. The Clinic is located at 491 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL. For more information about North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, visit www.NSLegalAid.org.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY
College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Launches Redesigned Website

This site has been developed to provide a more user-friendly experience in a simplified navigation format that makes it easier for visitors to search for and obtain essential legal aid information and resources, stay up to date regarding changes to policies and law, get involved with the Clinic and provide support. Visitors can now request a consultation directly from the website.

Coinciding with the beginning of the new year, the launch of the new website marks the end of a chapter in North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic’s 5-year history where the site catered to the needs of desktop users. The site is now optimized for smartphones, tablets, and desktop devices. By adopting a fully responsive design, all user devices can easily access information regarding services.

“The new website design affords an improved user experience,” states Executive Director Susan Shulman regarding the technical design and available content. “The new site is truly a one-stop information discovery tool for visitors seeking legal aid information in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration. The newly designed site further eliminates barriers to finding legal aid in north suburban Cook County and throughout Lake County.”

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Participates in Highland Park’s 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is pleased to join together with the community virtually on Monday, January 18 beginning at 10 AM for the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service event hosted by the City of Highland Park’s Human Relations Advisory Group and the Park District of Highland Park.

Know Your Rights & How To Be An Ally

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fierce advocate for justice that included everyone and addressed all forms of threats to human dignity. The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is a beacon of hope for those in need of access to justice. We urge individuals and families to be prepared and Know Your Rights and the public is encouraged to be an ally to those in need. Helpful information for all is available here

MLK DAY 2021: Know Your Rights & How to Be an Ally

All Are Welcome Here

Acts of racism and injustice are all too familiar and unacceptable. The safety and wellbeing of our clients and the communities that we serve remain our priority. We believe that our community is enriched by people of different backgrounds and cultures, and we are committed to building a culture of cooperation among diverse groups.

 

Show that you care by downloading and coloring this flyer. Place it in a prominent location (we suggest a front door or window) for all to see. Show us your art on social media by tagging the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #AccessToJustice

 

 

Not feeling artistic? Print and hang this pre-colored page instead!