EDITOR'S NOTE: We regret to inform readers that the long-time author of the Case in Point blog, Mindy Chapman, passed away on Oct. 28, 2015 after a 16-month battle with brain cancer.
Mindy has been combining her classic wit and deep wisdom of employment law to create Case in Point blog postings and columns in the HR Specialist Employment Law newsletter since 2007. Here is more about Mindy, her life and the people she touched ...
As a practicing attorney, published author, columnist, speaker and workplace trainer on employment law matters, Mindy H. Chapman combined her love of the law and teaching and personal interaction into a career that touched thousands, bringing out the best in the legal and compliance professions.
Her career was as varied as it was remarkable. Mindy received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 and her Master in Social Work degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. From 1981 through 1991, she was a renal social worker serving dialysis patients with her unique brand of knowledge, empathy and humor. So unique was that brand that Baxter Healthcare retained her to present seminars to nephrology nurses at their professional meetings. Whether she focused on sensitivity of nurses to their patients or on prevention of nurse burnout, Mindy touched the nursing professionals with a self-effacing, magnetic and spontaneous sense of humor through her company, Florence Nightingale Productions.
During that same period, her daughter Emily Marks, now 28, and her son Daniel Chapman, now 26, were born. An incredibly devoted and creative mother, Mindy also had dreams of becoming an attorney. With the support of her family, she was accepted by and attended Northwestern University School of Law and was one of the few mothers in her class returning to school after both having had a career and children. Her zeal for becoming a lawyer and being a loving mother to her two children and wife to her husband, Richard, a member at Clark Hill PLC in Chicago, fueled remarkable success. She was a published member and Coordinating Note and Comment Editor of Northwestern’s “Journal of International Law and Business” and was awarded the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Legal Scholarship.
While at Northwestern, she also clerked for the firm now known as Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Mindy began her practice with the Salvi firm, continuing with the firm now known as Seidman Margulis & Fairman, as well as Much Shelist. Mindy’s practice with those firms focused on representing victims of catastrophic injury and professional malpractice.
Ultimately, Mindy grew exceedingly interested in employment law and workplace writing and training, becoming a partner at both Seyfarth Shaw and Sonnenschein, now known as Dentons. At both firms, she was able to combine her love of professional training with her legal acumen to develop workplace training of employees on the shop floor to the highest-level executives.
While a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, she co-authored one of the best-selling compliance books published by the American Bar Association entitled, “Case Dismissed: Taking Your Harassment Prevention Training to Trial.” This book is considered authority on civil rights training and used by corporations and law schools across the country.
For more than 10 years, she presented her training to annual and regional meetings of the Society for Human Resource(SHRM). To groups often numbering as many as 2,000 HR professionals, Mindy regularly presented topics such as “24-7-365: When Aren’t You HR? Managing Liability Through Managers, Supervisors and Executives,” “The Ultimate EEO Booster Shot: Cases. Trends. Impact.”, and "Knock. Knock. Who's There? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission!” Participants consistently noted that they were astounded by her presentations and Mindy was consistently ranked as a “Top Ten” SHRM annual meeting speaker. She was also a frequent speaker at meetings of other local and state SHRM organizations, as well as the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association, among many others.
In 2006, she formed Mindy Chapman & Associates, LLC to develop and present “Clicks and Sticks®" legal compliance training. Through that company, Mindy brought her expansive knowledge of employment law and creative modes of distilling complex legal principles into practical compliance tools that are effective to prevent and limit liability in the workplace, minimize risk and create a culture of respect and retention of talent. The training was interactive with its attendees, who took its lessons into the workplace. In many cases, the EEOC approved settlements that incorporated a provision that Mindy’s training be provided to the settling company’s workforces.
Companies that worked with Mindy noted Mindy’s uniqueness in varying contexts. Her clients ran the gamut from large privately held family companies to Fortune 500 public companies based in locations all over the world.
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As an attorney, author and speaker, Mindy made a difference in the lives of thousands by creating her own path of both teaching and learning. All of us at Business Management Daily will miss her.