As an experienced practicing lawyer, judicial clerk, legal scholar, expert writer, educator and bar leader, Michele brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MCLE Board. Ms. Jochner is a partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, focusing on advocacy in the area of family law.
In her 15 years as a judicial law clerk to two Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, the late Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the Hon. Charles E. Freeman, she worked on numerous high-profile matters involving cutting-edge issues of first impression. This experience provided her with a unique breadth and depth of knowledge in all areas of substantive and procedural law combined with a keen understanding of the mechanics of our trial and appellate courts.
A recognized legal scholar, expert writer and educator to law students and attorneys, Ms. Jochner has been honored by her peers in “Best Lawyers in America,” as a Super Lawyer, as a “Leading Lawyer” who ranks in the top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, and as the recipient of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award. She also has authored nearly 200 articles on a wide array of legal topics appearing in publications nationwide, and her two columns, “Law from a Different Perspective” and “On Appeal,” appear regularly in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Ms. Jochner regularly speaks on legal issues to various groups across the State, including seminars on effective legal writing, appellate advocacy, and family law. In addition, for the last decade, she has appeared as part of the “Illinois Law” television broadcasts as a panelist for that series’ annual review of United States Supreme Court decisions. She has also served as an adjunct professor at both DePaul University College of Law and The John Marshall Law School.
As a well-known leader in the Chicago legal community, she has taken leadership roles with the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and several other organizations:
- For the CBA, she serves as a member of both the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Women and of the Editorial Board of the CBA Record, and chairs the Committee on Public Affairs.
- For the ISBA, she is a past member of the Board of Governors and the Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal. Currently, she is a co-editor of the Bench & Bar Newsletter, serves as a member of the Family Law Section Council and the Standing Committee on Women in the Law, and is an elected member of the ISBA Assembly.
- For IICLE, she serves on the Board of Directors.
She also serves on three panels at her alma mater, DePaul University College of Law: the Dean’s Council, the Advisory Board of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and the Advisory Board for the Center for Public Interest Law. She also holds several leadership positions within the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and serves on the Leader Council for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Recognizing the importance of ensuring that the future of the legal profession is in good hands, Ms. Jochner also actively mentors numerous law students at DePaul, as well as through Phi Alpha Delta. Her mentoring efforts were recognized by The Chicago Lawyer Magazine in naming her one of 2013’s “Women Making an Impact.”