Diane L. Redleaf JD
For over three decades, Diane L. Redleaf has been a pioneering leader of family defense attorney and a passionate advocate for policies that protect families of all races and classes from the massive system of wrongful state intervention that constitutes the child welfare system in America. Redleaf became a partner in the law firm Lehrer and Redleaf in 1996. From 2005 until 2017, she served as Executive Director and Legal Director of the Family Defense Center in Chicago, an agency she founded. In 2017, she expanded her national child welfare reform efforts through United Family Advocates, a national bipartisan child protection policy advocacy network that she initiated in the fall of 2016. Redleaf has taught at the University of Chicago Law School and Loyola Law School.