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.
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