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Ann Chen

Ann Chen is Assistant General Counsel at TransUnion, managing legal matters in litigation, employment, intellectual property, real estate, and tax. She has significant in-house experience advising global businesses, including in the financial services, healthcare, and consumer goods industries. She is a leader in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including previously leading the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion program for the in-house legal department of a Fortune 100 company and as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. Ann received her BA from Yale University and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan in the Southern District of Florida (now on the 11th Circuit). The National Law Journal previously named Ann a "Top 40 Under 40 - Chicago's Rising Stars."


Jasmine Hernandez

Associate Judge Jasmine V. Hernandez serves in the First Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She hears non-jury civil matters, including pro se small claims. Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Hernandez litigated labor and employment matters with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in its Office of Chief Counsel - Midwest District. In addition, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor offenses committed by both adults and juveniles, as well as focused on Internet sex crimes involving children.

The Judge earned her B.A. from Boston University, a J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law, and a M.S. in Labor Relations from the University of Illinois' School of Labor and Employment Relations. A committed public servant, Judge Hernandez has demonstrated her civic interest for the development of women and minorities in the law when she served as a past president of both the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago. She is also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association ("CBA") and serves as a veteran member of the CBA’s Editorial Board, which publishes the 35-year-old national legal publication called the Record.


Peter Kim

Peter Kim is Chief Counsel of Litigation and Employment at Jones Lang LaSalle. He provides employment counseling to his business partners and manages labor and employment litigation. Prior to this in-house role, Peter was a partner at Litchfield Cavo LLP focusing on litigation involving employment, aviation, pharmaceutical, and financial industry class action claims. He earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before entering the field of law, Peter was a financial analyst at the Northern Trust. He is the immediate past president of The Hana Center and current board member. The Hana Center is a 50+ year old NFP organization providing social service to the community as well as social justice advocacy.

Samera Ludwig

Samera Syeda Ludwig is a partner at Lowis & Gellen LLP where she focuses her practice on employment discrimination, immigration and commercial disputes. She is also the Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice. Samera has an active pro bono practice partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center assisting individuals in obtaining asylum, U visas and other relief. Samera also sits on the Board of the Chicago High School For The Arts. Samera received her B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.


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