HIGHLAND PARK – The recently opened Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic achieved a notable success with the dismissal of a case of mistaken identity against a 20 year old Highwood resident. As the clinic was beginning operations, the case was referred to the Clinic. Ms G. was served with a complaint filed in DuPage County, alleging her to be a woman of the same name who lived in Addison and owned a dog that had attacked a mail delivery person, and suing her for $50,000.
The Clinic’s managing attorney, Kathryn Vanden Berk, submitted proof to DuPage County that this woman was in class that day at Highland Park High School and had never lived in DuPage County. We were able to get the lawsuit dismissed and the potential $50,000+ claim against her was extinguished.
“I was gratified that this injustice was able to be resolved- without the intervention and services of the Legal Aid Clinic, our client would have received a default judgement which would have caused problems for her for years to come” said Ms. Vanden Berk.
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. “In the few months we have been open, we have been able to submit DACA applications, stop a wrongful eviction, and intercede on behalf of residents with their landlords, allowing residents to stay in their homes” said Executive Director Karyn Davidman.
The clinic is located at The Firehouse Youth Center, 1830 Green Bay Rd. Regular office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9AM-12 noon and one Saturday morning a month.
For more information about regular clinic hours and expanded summer hours, please call (847) 926- 1867 or e-mail [email protected] To learn more about the Clinic’s services, other available resources, or to donate or volunteer, visit the Clinic’s website at www.hphlegalaid.org.
This Letter to the Editor is from the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic. Letters to the Editor represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of Daily North Shore.