About SJ Chapman, JD
Sj Chapman, JD,
Attorney at Law
SJ Chapman practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, and corporate law.
SJ tailors estate plans to each client’s individual needs, from basic planning for clients who own a home and want to name a guardian for minor children, to advanced planning for retiring or retired clients who are worried about losing their life savings to long term care costs. She also helps clients with special needs family members to make sure their loved ones are always cared for.
She also represents clients in selling or purchasing homes in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. SJ’s corporate clients are in a variety of industries - education, marketing, fashion and insurance. She handles matters for corporate clients that include shareholder and partnership agreements, buy-out agreements, social media policies, independent contractor agreements, consulting agreements and leases.
SJ grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad, and graduated from Northwestern Law School with a distinction in public service. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and New York.
SJ is active in public service and volunteers with many organizations. She travelled to Tanzania through Lawyers without Borders to train magistrates, prosecutors and immigration officers on human trafficking law and procedure. She volunteers with Wills for Heroes to draft wills and powers of attorneys for first responders. She volunteers with the New American Initiative to assist immigrants in obtaining citizenship. She devotes time to many non-legal public service projects as well, especially projects that focus on the Rogers Park community of Chicago, where she lives.
SJ enjoys researching and writing, especially in the area of reproductive policy, reproductive rights, adoption policy, and artificial reproductive technology at the state, federal and international levels. She is a speaker for if/when/how, and proudly serves on the auxiliary board of ChildServ, an organization that offers a wide range of services for children, from foster care to early childhood education throughout the Chicagoland area.
SJ co-chairs the board of the Northwestern Alumni Board of Chicago to help organize events and engagement among the Chicago alumni community. Prior to joining Bielski Law Office, SJ externed for Judge Ann Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Judge Timothy A. Barnes in the United States bankruptcy court, Northern District of Illinois. In law school she worked under Professor Dorothy Roberts researching adoption ethics and assisting with her book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century.
Prior to law school, SJ was executive assistant to the General Counsel of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York City. During that time, she was also a Guardian ad Litem in landlord-tenant court for underrepresented tenants.