Meet the Author


Jessica_N_Childress_Headshot2Ms. 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. Since her federal judicial clerkship, Ms. Childress has served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice and two large international law firms.

While in law school, Ms. Childress was an editorial board member for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She was also an executive board member of the Student Bar Association. In 2009 until 2010, she served as a legal intern in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is an alumnus of the National Trial Advocacy College and a former national board member of the National Black Law Students Association.

In 2013, Ms. Childress was selected as a fellow for the National Employment Law Council Academy. Additionally, Ms. Childress was named to the 2013 Lawyer of Color Hot List. Ms. Childress is active in multiple civic organizations. From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Childress served as the chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

From 2014 until 2015, she served as the co-chair of the Membership Committee of the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She currently serves as a member of the Legal Aid Justice Center Advisory Council and as the Corporate Counsel Co-Chair of the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

In 2015, Ms. Childress was honored with the National Bar Association’s 40 under 40 Best Advocates Award. In 2015, Ms. Childress was also honored with a Chesterfield County Public Education Foundation Bravo Award, recognizing the outstanding professional achievements of Chesterfield County Public School Alumni. Finally in 2015, Ms. Childress was recognized as one of the top 100 black attorneys by the National Black Lawyers organization. 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.

The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence is inspired by Ms. Childress’ experiences as a child who always dreamed of becoming a lawyer.