Shannon Burke is Chapman's Director of Talent Development and Diversity. 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.


Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)

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

Chicago Professional Development Consortium (PDC)

  • Co-Chair (September 2021–present)
  • Blog Committee

National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

  • Board of Directors (2024–2025)
  • Newer Professionals Forum Faculty Member, March 2023
  • Lawyer Professional Development Section Co-Chair (2021–2022, 2022–2023)
  • Professional Development Institute Planning Committee Member (2020, 2022)
  • DEI Section, Environmental Scanning Co-Vice Chair (2021)
  • Lawyer Professional Development Section, Education Vice-Chair (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

National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Adult Mental Health First Aid USA Certification, 2024

Myers-Briggs MBTI Certification, 2024

Volta Coach Training, 2022



  • Co-Author, "Mentoring Can Be Like Professional Tetris," NALP Bulletin+, February 2024
  • Co-Author, "The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Lawyer Training," NALP Bulletin+, February 2024
  • Co-Author, “Coaching in the Legal Industry,” NALP Bulletin+, January 2024
  • Co-Author, “The Value of Feedback and Evaluations,” NALP Bulletin+, December 2023
  • Author, “Helping Onboard Laterals,” NALP Bulletin+, October 2023
  • 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, “Providing a Roadmap to Success for Junior Lawyers,” NALP Professional Development Institute Conference, November 30, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Management Foundations for PD Professionals,” NALP Professional Development Institute Conference, November 29, 2023
  • Panelist, “The Great Resignation:  Movements in the Legal Industry and Coverage and Risk Implications,” ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, September 22, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Attorney Orientation and Integration,” Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, July 25, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Lateral Integration – A Case Study,” NALP Annual Education Conference, April 26, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Associate and Partner Orientation and Integration,” NALP Newer Professionals Forum, March 2, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Management Foundations for PD Professionals,” NALP Newer Professionals’ Forum, March 2, 2023
  • Panelist, “Professional Development and Recruiting Working Together to Set up Summer Associates and First Year Associates for Success,” Chicago Area Legal Professionals Association, January 11, 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “Strategic Insight:  Models for Understanding & Retaining Associates,” NALP Professional Development Institute Conference, December 1, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “Management Foundations for PD Professionals,” NALP Professional Development Institute Conference, November 30, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “Assisting Attorneys in their Wellness Transition from School to Firm,” NALP Annual Education Conference, April 8, 2022
  • 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

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