Tracy L. Kepler is an Associate Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where she concentrates her practice in the investigation and prosecution of attorney disciplinary matters. From 2000-2014, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct. Ms. Kepler is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics.
From 2009-2016, Ms. Kepler served in various capacities, including as President, on the Board of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad. Ms. Kepler is a member of the ABA and its Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), currently serves as the Chair of the CPR’s CLE Committee and its National Conference Planning Committee, and is a frequent presenter of ethics related topics to various national, state and local organizations. She has also served as the NOBC Liaison to the ABA CPR Standing Committees on Professional Discipline, Client Protection, Professionalism, and Ethics & Professional Responsibility and to the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP). She is currently a Commission member of CoLAP, and was a member of its Advisory Committee from 2012-2015. With CoLAP, Ms. Kepler serves as the Chair of its Education and Senior Lawyer Committee, and is also a member of its National Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Kepler participates as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) trial and deposition skills programs in Washington, DC, and has served as the Administrator of the NOBC-NITA Advanced Advocates Training Program since 2011. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.
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