Lea Gutierrez

Director of Diversity & Inclusion
United States

Lea Gutierrez is Litigation Group Manager 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 litigation manager, Ms. Gutierrez leads the ARDC’s efforts to recruit, retain, and advance diverse attorneys, promote a culture of inclusion, create methods for increased public accessibility to the ARDC, and ensure equitable service delivery. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology 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, and will finish her program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Extension School in the Fall of 2020. For three years, she served as Co-Chair of the YLS Professional Responsibility Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and she is currently the special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Regulation. She also serves as liaison to the ISBA’s Special Committee on Racial Inequality, and represents the ARDC on the Chicago Bar Association’s YLS Racial Justice Coalition. She has been a presenter at various bar association and law firm events on topics related to professional responsibility, lawyer regulation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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