Jenner & Block

Partner Precious S. Jacobs Selected as Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow

Jenner & Block Partner Precious S. Jacobs joins a select group of 46 accomplished and diverse individuals chosen to be part of the 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Signature Fellows Program, the region’s premier convener, connector, and mobilizer of bold leaders to effect transformative civic impact across the community.
The new class represents a cross-section of professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors, expanding the organizations legacy of building and strengthening the pipeline of civic leaders who will shape the future of Chicago and the region.
LGC’s Signature Fellows Program begins amidst a renewed national movement around racial justice and an unprecedented global pandemic, solidifying the persistent need to provide leaders with a deep understanding of critical socioeconomic issues and their interconnectedness in order to drive lasting impact and thrive as a diverse society. The firm is proud to align ourselves with programs like LGC, furthering our commitment to promote a diverse workforce and community involvement.
Over the course of the 10-month fellowship, starting in September, participants will be immersed in key issues facing Chicago and the region through experiential learning including full-day seminars, community site visits, discussion groups, conversations with subject matter experts, and cultural events.
A rising leader in the legal and Chicago communities, Ms. Jacobs was also a 2018 fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.  She has received numerous awards for her leadership, including Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s Influential Women in Law Award; the Chicago Scholars' 35 Under 35 Award; the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division’s Humanitarian Award; the NYU Academic Achievement Program's Alumni Trailblazer Award; and the Family Defense Center’s Major Litigation Award. Ms. Jacobs was also recognized by Crain's as one of Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers.
Ms. Jacobs joins the ranks of past fellows who include Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx; former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; former Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett; former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; former First Lady Michelle Obama; and former President of the Chicago Board of Education David Vitale.  Several Jenner & Block lawyers are also LGC alums, including Partners Debbie Berman, Keri Holleb Hotaling, Melissa Root, David Saunders, John Storino, Wade Thomson and Andrew Vail.