Shannon Burke is the Professional Development, Diversity and Pro Bono Manager in Chapman's Talent Development Department. She works on all aspects of professional development, including administration of new professional development and mentoring programs, facilitation of internal professional development curriculum, competency and staffing models, and training and development. In the diversity space, she coordinates the firm’s attorney resource groups as well as the firm diversity programming.

Shannon previously worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Associate Director of Educational Programming for the American Bar Association and as an attorney at an Illinois law firm.


  • Co-Author, "How to Increase Collaboration Between Recruiting and DEI Departments," NALP Bulletin+, September 2021
  • Author, “Well-Being Week in Law (WWIL) Helps Lawyers Nourish Five Facets of Well-Being,” NALP Bulletin, June 2021
  • Author, “Becoming a Diversity Champion for Your Law Firm’s DEI Committee,” NALP Bulletin, March 2021
  • Co-Author, “Finding a New Type of Balance: Remote Work and Distance Learning,” PD Quarterly, August 2020
  • Author, “Tools and Tips for Prioritizing and Juggling,” NALP Bulletin, June 2018
  • Co-Author, “Presentation 101,” NALP Bulletin, December 2017


  • Panelist, “Can you Hear Me Now: Becoming a More Effective Presenter,” Professional Development Institute Conference, December 2, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, “Professional Development and Recruiting Collaboration,” Professional Development Consortium, November 17, 2021
  • Panelist, “Lateral Attorney Integration,” NALP, January 13, 2021
  • Panelist, “Thinkubator: Promoting Resilience & Combating Burnout,” PDC, September 9, 2020


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005

  • Editor-in-Chief, Michigan State Law Review

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 2001

  • Mortar Board Honor Society


Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)

  • Member Committee
  • Virtual Meet-Up Co-Chair (2021)

National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

  • Lawyer Professional Development Section Co-Chair (2021)
  • DEI Section, Environmental Scanning Co-Vice Chair (2021)
  • Lawyer Professional Development Section, Education Vice-Chair (2020)
  • PDI Conference Planning Committee (2020)

Professional Development Consortium (PDC)

  • Blog Committee
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