Sandra S. Yamate

Chief Executive Officer

Sandra S. Yamate is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”). IILP is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession through its research and programs. Sandra is IILP’s subject-matter expert on diversity and inclusion and is responsible for all of its research and programming.

After practicing law for ten years, Sandra served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

Sandra has long been active in a variety of charitable causes. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the National Judicial College and is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Sandra earned her JD from Harvard Law School and an AB in Political Science (cum laude) and History (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Sandra has written and spoken extensively on community engagement, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and multicultural issues.

Sandra and her husband, Brian Witkowski, reside in Chicago with their two dogs, Cashew and Filbert.

Jenna Meyers 

Program Manager

Jenna Meyers coordinates much of the communication and event logistics for IILP. In her free time Jenna Meyers is a freelance production manager and event producer. She is originally from Thousand Oaks, California and graduated from Loyola University Chicago summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics.

Radhika G. Sutherland

Communications & Video Intern

Radhika Goyal Sutherland is currently a 2L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a Research Assistant for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity as well as a Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy. Additionally, Ms. Sutherland serves as senior editor of Dialogue, de Novo, Loyola’s law school podcast.

Ms. Sutherland graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology before going on to earn her Master’s in Clinical Counseling with a focus on forensic therapy from the University of Louisville in 2016.

During her time as a licensed and certified clinical therapist, Ms. Sutherland worked in a men’s prison where she helped inmates with issues pertaining to mental health, addiction, relationships, and vocation. Ms. Sutherland also worked at a psychiatric hospital where she conducted individual counseling and therapy groups for adults and children suffering from suicidality, addiction, mood/behavior/personality disorders, trauma, and severe mental illness amongst many other issues. The focus of her clinical work was often on culture and equity.

Ms. Sutherland is extremely passionate about social and criminal justice. Her time as a therapist, working with incarcerated and underrepresented individuals, revealed how little knowledge of mental health and systemic issues those running the criminal justice system have. This motivated Ms. Sutherland to pursue her own law degree and combine her experience in mental health with a legal education to better serve the community. She hopes to advance conversations surrounding the law by incorporating her knowledge and awareness of mental health to provide more comprehensive assistance for those in need.

Linda Chanow 

IILP Fellow

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