About SJ Chapman, JD
Sj Chapman, JD,
Attorney at Law
SJ Chapman graduated from Northwestern Law School with a distinction in public service in 2012. She is licensed in Illinois and New York. She practices principally in the areas of real estate, corporate law, trusts/estate planning and probate. Her real estate clients range from first time home buyers to seasoned real estate investors. SJ has worked with corporate clients in a variety of industries such as education, fashion, not-for-profit and insurance, on matters including shareholder and partnership agreements, buy-out agreements, social media policies, independent contractor agreements, consulting agreements and leases. Through estate planning, SJ helps individuals and families to protect themselves, their loved ones and their assets with tailored estate plans, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other documents as may be necessary. She has handled over 250 probate cases.
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 Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Women’s Business Development Center of Chicago. She 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 sits on 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.