Human Rights Commission Staff


Philip Dalmage

Executive Director



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.

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.

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.