Jessica Childress

Managing Attorney, The Childress Firm

Ms. Childress is the managing attorney and founder of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007.  After law school, Ms. Childress served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Ms. Childress has served as an associate at two global law firms and as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.  In 2014, Ms. Childress published her first children’s book entitled, The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence, a fictional novel about an eleven-year-old lawyer who fights for children’s rights. In 2016, Ms. Childress launched a children’s content company producing content that teaches children about the law.

Ms. Childress has held leadership roles in the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.  She has been the recipient of several honors, including the National Bar Association’s 40 under 40 Best Advocates Award, the Kim Keenan Leadership & Advocacy Award, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Rising Star award, and recognition by the National Black Lawyers as one of the top 100 black attorneys.  Ms. Childress has also been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes and Entrepreneur.  

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Jessica Childress


Your Organization’s Role in Responding to #MeToo: Creating a Culture of Anti-Harassment and Inclusion

A 2014 Gallup poll reported that the average full-time working American spends 47 hours a week working.  Understanding this reality, it is a business and moral imperative that the workplace is a “safe space” for all people who enter into it.  Federal and state laws provide a baseline of protection for providing equal employment opportunity.  However, this threshold of legally mandated protection is the bare minimum for what is required to create a “safe space” for all employees.

The modern workforce is comprised of people from various identities.  Unfortunately, federal law, and the law of many state and local jurisdictions do not require legal protections for various classes of people, including members of the LGBT community, just to name one group.

The business case for broadly embracing diversity has never been so compelling.  This session will discuss the rationale for why organizations should aim to create a culture of ...

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