laurie e. leader

Professor laurie E. leader, J.D.

Professor Leader has focused on making a difference through the practice of law and her teaching.  She views her clients as relationships rather than as matters.  As a clinical professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, she stresses that people are at the center of every case and that every case has its story.  At various points in her career, Professor Leader represented labor unions, management and individuals before administrative agencies and in labor and employment litigation.  This experience further contributes to her distinct and strategic perspective in resolving labor and employment disputes.  

Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Leader was engaged in private practice for more than twenty years.  She served as a regional co-chair of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee’s Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago, as chair of the Gender Bias in the Courtroom Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, and as co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Professor Leader speaks regularly on a variety of employment-related topics and represents employers and management and executive employees in all aspects of labor and employment law.  She has authored several articles, treatises and book chapters, including:  Drafting Employment and Termination Agreements (Matthew Bender & Co. 1993); Wages and Hours: Law & Practice (LexisNexis 1990); and Current Legal Forms (LexisNexis) volumes on employment and termination agreements and on stock options and other incentive agreements.  Laurie is one of three executive editors for Employment Discrimination Law (Lindemann, Grossman & Weinrich), a treatise published by Bloomberg BNA in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee, and serves on the executive board of LexisNexis’ Labor and Employment Newsletter. 

Professor Leader received her A.B. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from Cleveland State University, where she was an executive editor of the law review.  She is a licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the federal trial bar.  Professor Leader is certified as a mediator by the Circuit Court of Cook County.

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