Leslie Ann Reis is a journalist, lawyer, former law professor, and ardent policy wonk. She is currently serving as General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff for Legal and Legislative Affairs to Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon.
Prior to joining the Lt. Governor’s staff, Leslie was an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. There, she oversaw all aspects of the center’s Master of Laws and Master of Science degree programs as well as extra-curricular and non-curricular programs. She taught courses in information law and policy, free speech, privacy rights, media law, legal ethics, and legal analysis. Leslie also supervised the law school’s distinguished Journal of Computer and Information Law. Her scholarly interests focus on the influence of technology on social and government policy, privacy rights, law and business. She is a nationally recognized privacy expert.
In 1996 - 1997, Leslie served as a Legal Fellow with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. There, she wrote extensively on media, information and technology issues for the Committee’s various publications. She co-authored an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Internet indecency case, Reno v. ACLU. Her comments opposing the World Intellectual Property Organization’s proposed copyright protection for databases were published in the Government Information Quarterly.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Leslie worked for more than 15 years as a broadcast journalist. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Chicago Area Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in editing.
Leslie received her B.S., cum laude, from Syracuse University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.