2022 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speakers

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, will moderate the two-hour program.


Erin Clifford

Erin Clifford

Partner, Clifford Law Offices and Founder/CEO of Erin Clifford Wellness

Erin Clifford is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Clifford Law Offices. She provides overall management of strategic business development, such as planning, coordinating, and implementation of marketing and business plans.

Erin Clifford grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, where she majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. After graduating, Erin taught high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for five years. Thereafter, she matriculated to DePaul College of Law, earning her Juris Doctorate. Erin then clerked for five years at the Illinois Appellate Court, First District for the Honorable Justice Terrence J. Lavin and then for a period as legal counsel at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

In addition to her development work at Clifford Law Offices and legal background, Erin is the Founder of Erin Clifford Wellness and Rockstar Doggy Momma. She became a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program and works with families, professionals, and corporations in creating and maintaining healthy lifestyles through nutrition, life and wellness coaching. As an authority figure in the wellness industry, Erin gives speaking engagements in all areas of wellness – from nutrition, to exercise, to healthy lifestyle management. Her expertise in wellness has earned her media attention from publications such as Shape Magazine, US News and World Report, Prevention Magazine, and more.

Erin is an advocate of giving back and helping the Chicago community. She is currently the board chair of Lawyers Lend-A-Hand, an organization that channels the legal community’s resources to promote mentoring and tutoring programs in disadvantaged Chicago communities through distributing grants, as well as its in-house tutoring and mentoring program. She also serves as a board member on the Friends of Prentice Board, an organization committed to superior healthcare spanning the full spectrum of a woman’s life. In addition, Erin serves as a board member for the Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts is a Chicago Public School dedicated to fostering scholar-artists through its intensive pre-professional training program in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Erin is also a member of the WTTW/WFMT Board of Directors.

Erin is currently working on a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Northwestern University.

Erin Clifford’s passion for legal matters, health and wellness, and involvement in the Chicago community has made her a proud addition to the Clifford Law Offices team.


Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban

Lawyer and Author of "The Addicted Lawyer"

Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas-based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. He is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburg School of Law. Brian has been in long-term recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction, and bulimia since April of 2007.

His first book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experience living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Brian’s most recent, best-selling book, “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption,” is an unflinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once-successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.

Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and legal events across the United States and Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talk shows such as The Katie Couric Show, as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared in and he has been quoted on these topics on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, Above the Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.


Tracy-Kepler

Tracy Kepler

CNA Risk Control Director, Adjunct Law Professor and former Director of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

Tracy L. Kepler is the Risk Control Consulting Director for CNA’s Lawyers Insurance Program. In this role, she designs and develops content and distribution of risk control initiatives relevant to the practice of law. She collaborates with the underwriting and claims teams to develop and execute strategies for the profitable growth of the program. Tracy lectures frequently at CNA-sponsored events and at state and local bar associations and national seminars hosted by industry-leading organizations. She also writes articles focusing on law firm risk control and professional responsibility issues.
 
Prior to joining CNA, Tracy served as 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, client protection, professional liability and attorney well-being. From 2014-2016, Tracy 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 volunteer 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 is currently an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Loyola School of Law (Chicago) teaching Legal Ethics. Committed to the promotion and encouragement of professional responsibility and attorney well-being throughout her career, Ms. Kepler has served on the ABA’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, 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. She is a Board member of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (formerly the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being) and is an author of its Well-Being Report. She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Mindfulness in Law Society. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.


Judge David Shaheed

Judge David Shaheed (retired)

Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Judge David Shaheed has a rich legal career spanning more than 30 years, including 20 years as a judge in both criminal and civil courts. In 1994, Shaheed began serving as a master commissioner in the Marion County Superior Courts and in 1999, he was appointed to the bench by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon. Shaheed was elected as a trial judge in 2003, and presided over Criminal Court 14 and the Drug Treatment Diversion Court. In 2005, Judge Shaheed launched Marion County’s Re-entry Court, only the second re-entry court in the State of Indiana. Shaheed was named “Judge of the Year” in 2007 by The Indiana Correctional Association for his work with ex-offenders and defendants seeking recovery from substance abuse.

As a lawyer, Shaheed served as Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Unemployment Appeals Division, Legal Counsel to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Counsel to the Democratic Caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1995. A warrior for justice, Shaheed spent eight years as co-counsel in the wrongful case of the Estate of Michael Taylor v. The City of Indianapolis, ultimately winning a $3.5 million-dollar verdict in 1996 for the mother of a sixteen-year-old African-American youth found dead while in police custody.

Shaheed is an associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in Indianapolis. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP). He has served on the Board of Directors for Seeds of Hope, a shelter for women in recovery, and was a former officer for the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force and the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis.

Judge Shaheed earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in 1976 and his law degree from Indiana University’s Robert McKinney School of Law in 1984. Shaheed is the proud father of five children and has been married to his wife Brenda for forty-eight years.


Lea Gutierrez

Lea Gutierrez

DEI Director at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Lea S. Gutierrez is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives designed to optimize organizational culture and align the organization’s DEI goals with organizational outcomes. Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s office, Ms. Gutierrez was 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 investigated and prosecuted allegations of lawyer misconduct.

In addition to her role as a litigator, Ms. Gutierrez led 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 and her Graduate Certificate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Extension School.

For three years, Ms. Gutierrez 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 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. She also serves as liaison to the ISBA’s Special Committee on Racial Inequality, serves on the Chicago Bar Association’s YLS Racial Justice Coalition, and serves on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. 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.


Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis

CEO, National Association of Minority & Women Owner Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

Leslie D. Davis is a respected leader, experienced advocate, and logical strategist who has been a tireless champion for equity in the legal profession. As the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (“NAMWOLF”), Leslie will be uniquely aligned with NAMWOLF’s mission having been a law firm partner and rainmaker, all while successfully negotiating the challenges that come with being a woman of color in the corporate legal profession.

For over two decades, Leslie has served as lead counsel for many jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, obtaining favorable verdicts for her clients in complex and high-stakes cases. Leslie’s contagious energy and valuable insight mixed with her natural talent has been her formula for success. Comfortable and assured, with a special brand of “no nonsense” is what makes Leslie a favored litigator, a trusted advisor and an effective leader.

In addition to being a skilled lawyer, Leslie is a transformational leadership coach who prides herself on helping clients reach their highest potential. Leslie is recognized as a connector, a mentor and a trailblazer among her peers, colleagues and friends. She is a sought-after speaker and has helped many organizations and educational institutions with her presentations on diversity, core energy leadership and social media. Honored by a number of professional, academic and community organizations, Leslie continues to use her talents and influence to support the needs of both the legal field and the broader community through her training, pro bono and community service contributions.

Leslie is a proud Hawkeye having earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her M.A. and B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of Iowa. She resides in Chicago with her husband, Theodore and two children, Niel and Ellyss, who provide the sparkle in her eyes and the resolve in her step.


Judge Lindsey Draper

Ret. Judge Lindsey Draper

Former Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Public Defender and Judicial Court Commissioner primarily with the Children’s Court; Vice President of DEI for the Institute of Well-Being in Law

Until his retirement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice in 2014, Lindsey D. Draper oversaw Wisconsin's adherence to the mandates of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) as the state's Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator and Compliance Monitor. This followed his 2006 retirement from service as a Circuit Court Commissioner for Milwaukee County.

His is a legal career that spanned 30 years and included work as a Commissioner; Assistant State Public Defender; and Assistant District Attorney with primary assignments being at Milwaukee County's Children's Court Center. Draper has also previously served as the Juvenile Law instructor for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department Training Academy; Chairman of the Wisconsin State Bar Law-Related Education and Lawyers Fund for Client Protection Committees; Chairman of the Board of Directors at Rosalie Manor; Chair of the then-ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection and a Trustee at St. Francis de Sales Seminary.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at St. Charles Youth and Family Services and the Alma Center in Milwaukee; Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee County Historical Society; a Director-at-Large of the National Client Protection Organization (NCPO); the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the Institute for Well-Being in Law; and a member of the American Bar Center for Professional Responsibility Continuing Legal Education Committee.

He has previously served as the attorney-coach of the Wauwatosa West High School Mock Trial team and is an instructor of ninth and tenth grade students attending the East Side (Milwaukee) Child and Youth Ministry religious education program.