Meet Jessica N. Childress, the Creator of Juris P. Prudence

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. Ms. Childress is the managing attorney of the Childress Firm PLLC, a law firm based in Washington, D.C., focusing on employment law. Additionally, Ms. Childress is the Chief Executive Dreamer of Juris Prudence LLC, a children’s content company that produces educational products and services, teaching children about the law. Juris Prudence LLC is based on Ms. Childress’ first children’s book, The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence, a fictional book about an eleven year-old lawyer who fights for children’s right to vote.
Ms. Childress has served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice and two global law firms. Ms. Childress is active in multiple civic organizations. She has served as the chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, as a co-chair of the Membership Committee of the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and as a member of the Legal Aid Justice Center Advisory Council. In 2016, Ms. Childress was invited to attend the White House’s United State of Women Summit, focusing on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

She has been the recipient of several honors, including the National Bar Association’s 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, the Washington Bar Association’s 2017-2018 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, 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. In 2022, Ms. Childress received the Women Owned Law organization’s Woman Legal Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ms. Childress has been named to the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Only 2.5% of practicing attorneys in Washington, D.C. are selected to receive this honor.

Ms. Childress is a 2022 graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society program. Ms. Childress serves as a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s international media outlet, Thrive Global. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Good Morning America, Forbes, Essence, the Huffington Post, Success, Entrepreneur, and Newsweek.