Robin Belleau, Executive Director, Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP)
Robin Belleau is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program which provides confidential and no cost substance use and mental health services to Illinois Judges, lawyers, and law students. Under her tenure, LAP has seen a 43% increase in funding provided by the Illinois Supreme Court, a 33% increase in clients served, and a 300% increase in fundraising. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Robin was LAP’s Clinical Director. As Clinical Director Robin supervised the clinical services provided to members of the Illinois legal community.
Robin began her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Advocate Medical Group, where she created and managed the Advocate Adolescent Addiction Case Management Program, which provided addiction and case management services to adolescents and their families. She also designed the Next Step Program, a diversion program for adolescents facing petty drug and alcohol offenses. Prior to earning a Masters Degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, Robin practiced law for 8 years.
During her tenure in the law, Robin was a DuPage County Senior Assistant Public Defender, Kane County State’s Attorney, and an associate in a general practice firm.
James Faught, Associate Dean, Loyola University School of Law, and Chicago Bar Association, Future of the Profession Chair, Law Student and New Lawyer Committee, LAP Board Member
Dean Faught practiced law in a small Chicago firm for three years before returning to Loyola, where he earned his law degree, to become a member of the administration in 1979. As associate dean for administration, he oversees the general operation of the School of Law. During his career, he has served on a number of professional committees including the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence as chair; various Law School Admission Council Committees; the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Liaison with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and the Lawyers' Assistance Program of Illinois where he served as president in 2009-10. In 2004, Dean Faught was appointed to the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission where served until 2018. He served as chair in 2009-10. He has published articles on the status of women in law schools and on controversial student organizations. Dean Faught is the founder and director of Loyola’s London Comparative Advocacy Program, which has brought students to London since 1988.
Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Cook County Circuit Court, Presiding Judge, Municipal Division, and Chair, Illinois State Bar Association Special Committee on Health and Wellness
Judge Wright was elected a Circuit Judge in 1994 and was assigned to the first Municipal District handling traffic cases, jury cases, non-jury cases, felony preliminary cases, misdemeanor cases. Subsequently Judge Wright was assigned to the Probate Division, handling disabled estates calendar. He also handled decedent and minor's estates. Later, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District where he handled a consolidation of cases call, supervised judges, made assignments of judges, served on Executive Committee for the Chief Judge.
Tracy L. Kepler, Director, Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association
Tracy L. Kepler is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), providing national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism and client protection. In that role, she manages and coordinates the efforts of 16 entities including six ABA Standing Committees (Ethics, Professionalism, Professional Regulation, Client Protection, Lawyers’ Professional Liability, and Interest on Lawyer Trust Funds), the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, the Center’s Coordinating Council and other Center working committees.
From 2014-2016, Ms. Kepler served as an Associate Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where she concentrated her practice in the investigation, prosecution and appeal of patent/trademark practitioner disciplinary matters before the Agency, U.S. District Courts and Federal Circuit, provided policy advice on ethics and discipline related matters to senior management, and drafted and revised Agency regulations. From 2000-2014, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct.
Ms. Kepler has served in various capacities, including as President, on the Board of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad. Ms. Kepler also taught legal ethics as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. Committed to the promotion and encouragement of professional responsibility throughout her career, Ms. Kepler has served as the Chair of the CPR’s CLE Committee and its National Conference Planning Committee, and is a frequent presenter of ethics related topics to various national, state and local organizations. She has also served as the NOBC Liaison to all of the CPR Standing Committees, and to CoLAP, where she was a Commission member, a member of its Advisory Committee, the Chair of its Education and Senior Lawyer Committees, and also a member of its National Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Kepler also participates as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) trial and deposition skills programs, and served as the Administrator of the NOBC-NITA Advanced Advocates Training Program for four years. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.
Karen Munoz, Lawyer, Certified Yoga Instructor, LAP Illinois Task Force on Well Being and CBA Member of Mindfulness & the Law Committee
Karen Munoz is a Partner at Dolan Law, a boutique personal injury firm in Chicago.
Karen is active in promoting mindfulness, yoga, and diversity issues through writing, teaching, and serving on legal committees. She serves as a Board Member of the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Member of LAP’s Illinois Task Force on Well-Being, and as a Member of the CBA’s Mindfulness & the Law Committee. Previously she worked with the ABA Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee, Minority Section, and ISBA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
Karen is certified to teach yoga, and shares her practice by teaching pro-bonn yoga classes for LAP and YogaCare. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Carl H. Rolewick Award for her volunteer work through LAP.
Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Cook County Circuit Court, and Chair, Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees, the Illinois Supreme Court’s educational arm
Tom serves as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He is assigned to the Law Division. Sworn in as a judge in 2000, he currently hears civil jury trials, after having presided over criminal jury trials from 2008 to 2009. He has presided over several hundred jury trials. In September 2012, he authored an opinion in a highly publicized First Amendment case involving the Occupy Chicago protests: City of Chicago v. Alexander. He has spearheaded the development of three court programs to assist self-represented litigants: CBA Summary Suspension Volunteer Program, the CARPLS Consumer Collection Self-Help Desk, and the CBA Municipal Court Pro Bono Panel program. He chairs the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees, the Illinois Supreme Court’s educational arm, responsible for the training of Illinois judges and those who assist judges in the court system, including probation officers, court clerks, guardians ad litem, trial court administrators, and law clerks. He serves on the faculty for the National Judicial College.
Before becoming a judge, he clerked for the Honorable Mary Ann G. McMorrow (Loyola Law ’53) and served as an assistant public defender for thirteen years. He served as an attorney supervisor in the Cook County Public Defender Office (1990-2000). Tom has taught at Loyola Law School since 1987. He directed Loyola’s Philip H. Corboy Trial Advocacy Fellowship for twenty years from 1995-2016. He currently teaches Illinois Civil Litigation Practice at Loyola. He has taught Illinois Tax Litigation and Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Professional Responsibility Seminar, and Criminal Procedure at Loyola. He is a past recipient of the St. Robert Bellarmine Award for a distinguished young alumnus and is an honorary member of Loyola‘s Circle of Advocates.
Tom serves as president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, which named him 2014 Catholic Lawyer of the Year; he has served on the Guild’s board since 1988. He is the past chair of the John Howard Association and the current vice-chair of the National Center for the Laity. Married to Anne Wicker, they have four sons.
Cunyon Gordon, Senior Counsel and Director, Settlement Assistance Program, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
J. Cunyon Gordon is the Director of the Settlement Assistance Program. In this role, Cunyon evaluates cases and potential clients, recruits volunteer attorneys, and represents litigants in cases in which she is unable to find a match. Prior to Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Cunyon was Of Counsel at Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg LLP, during which time she was an early volunteer with SAP. Cunyon was also a civil litigator at Jenner & Block LLP for ten years, where she earned the distinction of being the first black woman to make partner at the then 75-year old firm. Cunyon has also served as an attorney with the U. S. Navy JAG. Cunyon attended Yale College and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Cunyon has taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Boston University School of Law and Visiting Professor for Seattle University School of Law. Cunyon was a board member of Access Living and LAF for over fifteen years, and served as the CLE chair for the Chicago Bar Association for two years.
Josie M. Gough, Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development at Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Josie M. Gough is the assistant dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law, where she leads the school’s on-going efforts to further enhance and cultivate a learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff that promotes inclusion and advances its diversity goals. She is also a Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Justice, and director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development, where she has been instrumental in strengthening the connection between diversity and academic excellence. Ms. Gough has practiced law in Illinois on behalf of public and private sector clients for more than 25 years. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and represents the School of Law as a member of Chicago’s Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Consortium and Alliance for Experiential Learning.
Ms. Gough has been the recipient of numerous awards for her service to the legal profession, including special recognition from the Constance Morris House Legal Advocacy Program. In 1995, she was listed as one of the 100 Women Making a Difference in Today’s Chicago Women’s magazine. She is the recipient of Loyola’s Donald L. Hollowed Distinguished Service, the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers Exemplary Service Award, and most recently,the United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Award presented by the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Chicago Bar Association.
Ms. Gough is a member of the American Bar Association, Black Women’s Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Diversity Council, advisory board member to Legal Prep, and a member of the University of Chicago Women’s Board.
Ms. Gough is a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She also earned her Master in Education, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Loyola University Chicago.
Allison L. Wood, Principal of Legal Ethics Consulting, P.C., Former Hearing Board Chair and former Litigation Counsel with the ARDC
Allison L. Wood is Principal of Legal Ethics Consulting, P.C. in Chicago. She has nearly twenty years of legal ethics experience having served as a former Hearing Board Chair and former Litigation Counsel with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). Since 2011, her firm provides expert testimony in legal malpractice cases; represents attorneys before the ARDC; and counsels law graduates before the Character & Fitness Committee. Prior to her service with the ARDC, she was a Partner at a boutique law firm where she handled commercial litigation, products liability, and employment matters. She has extensive trial experience in State and Federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals.
Ms. Wood is a current member of the Illinois Supreme Court Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility. She is a former member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and the Illinois Bar Association Standing Committee of Professional Conduct. She is a Certified MCLE Ethics provider and is a frequent ethics presenter for various bar associations and committees.
For more then two decades, she has served as an adjunct professor and/or lecturer at University of Chicago, DePaul University College of Law, and The John Marshall Law School; teaching courses in pre-trial skills, trial skills, and professional responsibility. She pens an ethics column WoodWiseEthics for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and you can follow her on Linkedin, Facebook, and YouTube for legal ethics updates and tips on law practice management. She is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law.