Lea S. Gutierrez is Senior Litigation Counsel and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), where she investigates and prosecutes allegations of lawyer misconduct.  In addition to her role as a litigator, Ms. Gutierrez leads the ARDC’s efforts to recruit diverse attorneys, promote a culture of inclusion, and create methods for increased public accessibility to the ARDC. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Virginia, her law degree from Temple University School of Law in Pennsylvania and her Masters of Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.  She also received her certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.  For three years, she served as Co-Chair of the YLS Professional Responsibility Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and she is currently a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline.  She has been a presenter at various bar association and law firm events on topics related to professional responsibility, lawyer regulation, and diversity and inclusion.

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