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N. Keith Chambers

N. Keith Chambers
Executive Director

N. Keith Chambers is the Executive Director of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. In this position, he has leadership and operations responsibility for managing the process adjudications of alleged violations to the Illinois Human Rights Act. He has served in this capacity since 2007, working with the Board of Commissioners and its current Chair Martin Castro, to streamline processes, improve upon efficiencies and to continue to preserve the overall integrity of the system.

Keith is a skilled and seasoned practitioner, with broadband experience having worked in both the public and private sectors. He has worked at senior levels within the corporate structure, within local, county and state government structures, served in a public policy making position for four (4) Illinois Governors, a County Board President, a sitting Mayor, and confirmed by the Illinois Senate four (4) times.

Keith is a proud graduate of Governors State University where he received his Master's Degree in Public Administration and the University of Illinois in Springfield where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations.

He has received several awards throughout his career, the Outstanding Community Service Award from both the Springfield Urban League and the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP, the Community Leadership Award from the Village of South Holland and the Outstanding Service to the Business Community Award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and others.

Michael J. Evans
Chief Administrative Law Judge

Michael J. Evans joined the Human Rights Commission as an Administrative Law Judge in January of 1991 and was appointed to Chief Administrative Law Judge in October, 2005. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from DePaul University, where he served on the writing staff of the law review. He previously worked in small law firms and as an assistant state's attorney for McHenry County.

Reva S. Bauch
Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge

Judge Bauch, an attorney since 1984, earned a B.A. in sociology from U.C.L.A., magna cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Miami, cum laude, where she served as Associate Editor on the Journal of International Law, now the Inter-American Law Review. She is also a graduate of the National Judicial College where she took an intensive course on “Administrative Law: Fair Hearings.” Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge by the Commission in 2005, she served as Assistant General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Human Services where she was Litigation Counsel representing the Department in administrative hearings. Earlier in her career, Judge Bauch was an Honors Attorney and then Regional Attorney with the FDIC in its Washington D.C. and Chicago offices. For several years, she had her own private practice focusing on franchise and distribution law. She has also served as Chief of Staff to Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley. In addition to having numerous published articles and commentaries on a myriad of subjects, Judge Bauch served on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Franchise Law Journal as a Topics and Articles Editor and as an Associate Editor. She is Co-Chair of the CBA’s Administrative Law Judges Committee and an Executive Board Member of the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges. Judge Bauch was a founding board member of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. She is an avid marathon runner.

William J. Borah
Administrative Law Judge

William J. Borah spent the last 26 years in private practice with his own firm, where he was a litigator in employment law before most state and federal courts, and agencies. Among the many bar leadership positions held, he was the 2006 Chair of the ISBA Labor & Employment Law Section Council, and for 2014-15. Judge Borah is also a speaker, author and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. His article on workplace sexual harassment, published in the Illinois Bar Journal (IBJ) in 2008, was rated as one of “national significance” by West Publishing. A second article on the First Amendment and church employment, published in the July 2010 IBJ issue, received the same national recognition.

Lester G. Bovia, Jr.
Administrative Law Judge
Judge Bovia was first appointed to the Human Rights Commission in 2009.  Previously, Judge Bovia served as in-house counsel for a small restaurant chain, and as a litigation associate with Winston & Strawn LLP, where he focused his practice on commercial litigation, product liability/personal injury defense, corporate internal investigations/white-collar criminal defense, and pro bono criminal defense.  In addition to his service to the Human Rights Commission, Judge Bovia currently serves as a senior adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix, where he teaches MBA-level and undergraduate courses, including business law, employment law, criminal law, and criminal procedure.  Judge Bovia earned his B.S., with high honors, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Mariette Lindt
Administrative Law Judge


Mariette Lindt is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and DePaul University College of Commerce. Judge Lindt has served with the Commission since September 2000, previously in the capacity of Assistant General Counsel and presently as an Administrative Law Judge. She has served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee and is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. She is presently working toward her LL.M. degree in Child and Family Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Gertrude L. McCarthy
Administrative Law Judge

Gertrude L. McCarthy received her B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and her J.D. from DePaul University Chicago School of Law in 1981. Prior to her appointment to the Commission, she worked in private practice concentrating in domestic relations with an emphasis on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.


Michael R. Robinson
Administrative Law Judge

Michael R. Robinson joined the Human Rights Commission as an Administrative Law Judge in its Springfield office in 1993. Robinson received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining the Commission, Robinson practiced with the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Urbana. Prior to that he served as a senior research attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court Research Department. Judge Robinson has authored several articles for the Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Bar Journal, of which three were cited as winners of the Lincoln Legal Writing Award. He has also written chapters on federal subject matter jurisdiction and Social Security benefits for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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