Staff

Executive Director, Susan Shulman

Susan has spent her career in public interest law, law firms and the business world.  Most recently, Susan was General Counsel and Director of Operations for Metrist Partners.  Prior to joining Metrist Partners, Susan was the Pro Bono Initiative Director at the Public Interest Law Initiative. In that role, Susan worked with lawyers at law firms and corporations to facilitate increased participation in pro bono legal work and to focus greater attention on the unmet legal needs of low-income individuals. Susan consulted with over 70 law firms and corporations on launching and reinvigorating their pro bono programs. She also succeeded in tapping previously untapped resources for pro bono work, including transactional attorneys and attorneys at corporations, and fostered the first pro bono partnerships between law firms and corporate legal departments in Chicago. Her efforts resulted in a 16% increase in pro bono work by law firm attorneys, and a 156% increase in pro work by attorneys at corporations.

Managing Attorney, Karla Livney

Karla Livney is an attorney who practiced at McDermott, Will & Emery and Goldberg, Kohn working with clients in the areas of commercial and employment litigation. Through her involvement as a Board Member of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, she became involved with the Chicago Charter School Foundation, one of the first charter schools in Chicago, eventually leaving private practice to become the Executive Director of that organization. As a result of being an active member of School District 112 Superintendent’s Citizen Finance and Facilities Committee, she ran and was elected for a seat on the District 112 School Board. During the four years of her term, Karla focused on finances, union contract negotiations, employment disputes, facilities, school standards, curriculum, diversity, community relations, and solutions to the District’s significant financial and facilities challenges. Karla has also been an active volunteer at Pro Bono Network, an organization that partners with legal aid agencies to offer legal services to those in need.

Director of Domestic Violence Practice, Marykay Foy

Marykay Foy comes to the Clinic after serving as a prosecutor for 19 years in the State’s Attorney Office of Lake County. During the last five years of her tenure, she was assigned to the Felony Domestic Violence Division.  She is the Past President of the Jefferson Inn, an American Inns of Court (AIC), where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors. In addition, she was also the President of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, where she continues to serve on the Board.  Previously, Foy was an active member of the Lake County Bar Association. She has also served on the Executive Board of A Safe Place as Secretary and Vice-President.  “Marykay is a critical addition to our team as we strive to provide a Domestic Violence program that will assist victims of domestic violence with a full range of services that can address the ever-growing needs of victims and work to prevent violence even if it has not occurred yet,” said Susan Shulman, Executive Director of the Clinic.  “She brings expertise, depth of knowledge, relationships with our partner agencies, and a passion for the cause that will serve our clients and communities well.”  Foy attended Loyola University, Chicago School of Law, interning at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, the U.S. Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to that time, she worked for 20 years in the insurance industry working in commercial and professional liability insurance markets after graduating from Marquette University.

Director of Immigration Law Practice, Lia Hyunji Kim

Lia Hyunji Kim-Yi is an attorney who has practiced immigration and nationality litigation for almost 10 years at the Law Offices of Cheng, Cho and Yee in Chicago, Illinois. She has successfully represented clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Northern District Court of Illinois. In addition, Lia has argued before a panel at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Lia received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and her B.S. in Political Science from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an active member of the Korean American Bar Association, serving as President, and previously as Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and Treasurer from 2014 to 2016. Also, Lia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and regularly volunteers at the HANA Center Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Director of Client Services and Bilingual Staff Assistant, Alicia De La Cruz

Alicia De La Cruz is a Mexican Immigrant with degrees in Marketing and Accounting. After working in the private sector for many years, Alicia transitioned to non-profit service, working for 12 years at Open Communities where she found her passion helping others and organizing tenants, homeowners and immigrant leaders to ensure they play an active role in the development decisions that affect them. Alicia has been an active volunteer with the Latino Leadership Project, the Highland Park-based social service agency Family Network and the Art Center of Highland Park. She is also a board member of the Community Advisory Committee for Highland Park Hospital. Alicia is the founder and coordinator of Working Together, a grassroots organization that supports the Latino families of Highwood and Highland Park with educational, cultural and recreational activities. In 2016, Alicia received the Highland Park Humanitarian Award, an award presented to outstanding Highland Park individuals who have rendered significant personal service to the community.

BIA Accredited, Esteban Carbajal

Esteban Carbajal is a Department of Justice accredited representative and formerly the Immigration Program Director at HACES in Waukegan where he assisted individuals in obtaining legal permanent residence and U.S. citizenship.  As the son of Mexican immigrants, Esteban has long been extremely passionate about immigrant rights and working to serve the needs of the immigrant community.  In the spirit of pursuing these passions, Esteban first joined HACES as a volunteer citizenship instructor where he helped prepare naturalization applicants for their citizenship interviews.  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he would fulfill a life-long dream of working as an immigration advocate to help undocumented immigrants, which consequently also propelled him to pursue a law degree in hopes of one day helping immigrants in a broader capacity.  Now, eager to further pursue this passion, Esteban shall join the Legal Aid Clinic as our immigration case manager and provide supportive assistance in our other areas of practice.  Esteban holds a bachelor of arts degree in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago and is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School.