Jessica Bednarz

The Chicago Bar Foundation

Jessica Bednarz is the Director of Innovation & Training for the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF). Jessica directs special projects to advance innovation in the practice of law, including the CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation. Jessica also is one of the lead staff for the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) where she helps JEP lawyers chart new paths in the practice that make their services more accessible and affordable for the public. She develops and manages the JEP curriculum and associated resources to help JEP lawyers fulfill this mission and identifies and documents replicable models that have proven successful.

Prior to serving in this role, Jessica was the Program Manager for the CBF. In that role, she coordinated the CBF’s legislative and policy advocacy work, served as primary staff for the CBF Young Professionals Board, managed the day-to-day operations of the CBF Legal Aid Academy and the CBF Pro Bono Support Program, and worked on a number of JEP projects.

Prior to working at the CBF, Jessica was in private practice specializing in family law, both as a solo practitioner and as an associate at O’Connor Family Law, P.C. Jessica earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and earned a Family Law Certificate, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington.

My Sessions

Build a Client Persona

Columbus EF

Client personas are fictional, generalized representations of your ideal clients. Having a deep understanding of your client persona(s) is critical to driving content creation, product development, follow up, and really anything that relates to client acquisition, service, and retention. Come to this workshop to take the time to build a client persona and understand who […]

Saturday Workshops

Limited Scope, Unlimited Possibilities

Columbus EF

How well are you serving the middle class? There is a large population of un- and under- served legal consumers that either can’t or don’t need conventional legal help.  Providing limited scope representation legal services has tremendous potential to grow or supplement your practice. By leveraging technology you can scale these services and reach more […]

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