Ina Silvergleid, attorney at law, and president of A Bridge Forward is an experienced employment law attorney with a broad background in the legal and practical issues that school systems face in dealing with their employees and students.
Ms. Silvergleid has a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following graduation, she clerked for two years for the Honorable Dean Whipple, a U.S. district court judge for the Western District of Missouri. She worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, where she defended county officials against allegations of discrimination and violations under the U.S. Constitution, then worked for Dowd, Bloch & Bennett, specializing in union and multi-employer fund representation. Later accepting a position in the legal department of the U.S. Postal Service, she represented the agency before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also served as a staff attorney in the Labor and Employment practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Silvergleid has published numerous articles, book chapters, and guidance materials on a wide range of legal issues including Preventing and Managing Workplace Violence: Legal and Strategic Guidelines, American Bar Association.