Professor Leader joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in the winter of 1999. Previously
she worked in private practice, specializing in labor and employment law. From 1995 until
she began work in Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Professor Leader was the principal of
Leader & Associates Ltd. Previously, she had been a partner in several other Chicago
law firms. From 1995-97, she was the chair of the Gender Bias in the Court Room Committee
of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, and from 1988-89 she was co-chair of
the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section Labor and Employment Law Committee. 

Professor Leader is a life member of the National Registry of Who’s Who, and since 2001
she has been involved in an annual project to mentor and train minority and female
lawyers in effective trial techniques. Additionally, she speaks regularly on a variety of
employment-related topics and represents both employers and management employees in all
aspects of labor and employment law. 

Between 2006 and 2008, Professor Leader was the co-host of “The Employment Hour,” which
appeared on Comcast cable. In November 2006, she was regional co-chair of the first ABA
Labor and Employment Law Committee’s Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago. In November
2007, she helped draft the materials and problem used in the 2008 national competition
and served as one fo the judges. 

She has authored several articles and two treatises: Drafting Employment and Termination
Agreements (Matthew Bender & Co.) (1993) and Wages and Hours: Law & Practice
(Matthew Bender & Co.) (1990). She was also contributing author to two other Matthew
Bender & Co. treatises: Labor Law (1983-86), which analyzed wage-hour and federal and
state employment discrimination laws, and Business Organizations (1992), for which she
contributed chapters analyzing Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the
Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. From 1985-87, she was a regular
contributor of legal articles to the Woman in Direct Response Newsletter, and she was the
revision author for Current Legal Forms--Vol. 13 on Employment and Termination Agreements
(Rabkin & Johnson) (Matthew Bender & Co. 1998). She published a book chapter
titled How to Evaluate and Investigate a Plaintiff’s Employment Discrimination Case in
IICLE’s Employment Discrimination Handbook. 

Professor Leader earned an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she
graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was named in Who’s Who in American
Colleges and Universities (1972-73). She received a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College
of Law, Cleveland State University. While at Cleveland-Marshall, she was executive editor
of the Cleveland State Law Review and taught a legal research and writing class to
first-year students. Professor Leader currently serves on the editorial board of Lexis’
Labor and Employment Newsletter and regularly contributes wage-hour articles to that
monthly publication. 



Contributions to Books

Employment and Compensation (1998 & Supp. 1999-2009), Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis (2009)
Stock Options and Other Incentive Plans, Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis (2009)
How to Evaluate and Investigate a Plaintiff's Discrimination Case, Employment Discrimination Handbook (2007)
How to Evaluate and Investigate a Plaintiff's Discrimination Case, Employment Discrimination (IICLE 2000 ed. & Supp. 2004) (2000)

Unpublished Papers