Board of Directors

Joi Thomas, President
Jerome Taylor, Vice President and Bar Process Management Program Coordinator
Joselynne Gardner, Treasurer
Candice Smith, Bar Process Management Program Tutor Coordinator
Anita Morris, Board Member,
Diona Rogers, Board Member
La’mont Williams, Board Member
Brandon Hudson, Board Member
Ivan Settimba, Board Member


As we move beyond MLER’s 35th year it is our honor to serve as the leadership of MLER and to continue this tradition of excellence. We gratefully acknowledge the groundwork laid by MLER’s founders, Ronald E. Kennedy and Hon. Ann Claire Williams, U.S. Seventh Circuit of Appeals and seek to continue to honor them and the others who have come before us. As a Board, we recognize the importance of using innovative ways to operate in fulfillment of our mission. To that end, we have rededicated ourselves to ensuring the organization evolves to meet the changing needs and challenges to diversifying the legal profession. Please take the time to review our expanded programming.

Our Committed Volunteers

MLER’s success derives from our vast and diverse network of volunteers who provide their support from their time, talent, in cash and in kind. We are an exclusively volunteer run and operated organization—which distinguishes our organization from other diversity pipeline programs. The passion and devotion of our volunteers has been key in MLER’ s success and longevity.

MLER’s tutors, volunteers and board members represent Chicago’s vast legal community — from the private, government, not-for-profit, and corporate sectors. All tutors are licensed attorneys in good standing in the State of Illinois. Many of our volunteers come from the ranks of those who have participated in our Bar Process Management Program, and are keenly aware of the issues students face in preparing for the Illinois Bar Exam and as young legal professionals. MLER provides a mechanism for diverse legal professionals to pool our collective knowledge, to provide law students and young legal professionals access to a variety of approaches that will increase their likelihood of success on the bar exam and beyond.