Confidentiality is Key to Dignity
Executive Director of the Confidentiality Institute, Alicia Aiken, was named as one of 40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in Illinois in 2009. Ms. Aiken worked directly with violence survivors as a legal services attorney for over 15 years. She was the Director of Training, Pro Bono and Client Support Services for the 150-person team at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation), and has been an instructor on the legal issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault for the University of Michigan, DePaul College of Law, American Bar Association, and National Network to End Domestic Violence, as well as numerous state and local non-profit programs. Ms. Aiken received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan (1992; 1995) and has practiced in Illinois, Vermont, and Michigan. In 2003, Ms. Aiken was awarded LAF's Equal Justice Award, and she was honored with the Chicago Foundation for Women Founder's Award in 2006.
-Julie Kunce Field, J.D.
The Founder of the Confidentiality Institute, Ms. Field is a nationally recognized leader on issues concerning confidentiality and privilege as they relate to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. A former law professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Denver College of Law, and Washburn Law School, she serves as an adjunct and guest lecturer at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Graduate School of Public Affairs. Since 1998, she has taught confidentiality and privacy issues all over the United States to agencies, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, child protection workers, and advocates, and has written articles, books, and book chapters on confidentiality, family law and other issues related to domestic violence. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to be a Colorado state district court judge for the 8th Judicial District.