In Memoriam: Attorney, Longtime SHRM Speaker Mindy Chapman

By SHRM Online staff Nov 9, 2015
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Mindy H. Chapman, Esq., a longtime and favorite speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and regional meetings, passed away Oct. 28, 2015, following a 16-month battle with brain cancer.

For more than a decade, she presented sessions such as “Knock, Knock. Who’s There? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission!” and “24-7-365: When Aren’t You HR? Managing Liability Through Managers.” Chapman was consistently ranked as a “top 10” SHRM Annual Conference speaker. She also was a frequent speaker at other local and state SHRM meetings and for the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association.

“Mindy was a lovely person, a great speaker and a huge supporter of everything HR professionals stood for,” said Letty Klutz, SHRM-SCP, director, Conference Programming & Development for SHRM. “She will be sorely missed.”

Chapman was a practicing attorney, author, columnist and workplace trainer on employment law. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981, where she received a master’s degree in social work. From 1981-91, she was a renal social worker serving dialysis patients.

She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1995. While at Northwestern she received the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Legal Scholarship.

Her interest in employment law and workplace writing and training led to her becoming a partner at Seyfarth Shaw and at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now known as Dentons). She was national director of training and development at both firms. While at Seyfarth Shaw, she co-authored Case Dismissed! Taking Your Harassment Prevention Training to Trial (American Bar Association, 2003), which is used by corporations and law schools across the country.

Chapman authored numerous articles in professional journals and wrote a bi-monthly national employment law blog, Case in Point, published by Business Management Daily. In it she reported on critical federal and state equal employment opportunity cases and on practical lessons for avoiding personal and professional liability. In 2006, she formed Mindy Chapman & Associates LLC to develop and present “Clicks and Sticks®” legal compliance training.

She was laid to rest Nov. 1. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Richard, and her children Daniel Chapman and Emily Chapman Marks.

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