Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative
Jennifer Leonard L’04 is Penn Law’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative. Working with Dean Ted Ruger, a Board of Advisors drawn from various parts of the legal ecosystem and a collaborative partnership with colleagues across Penn Law, Jen integrates existing cutting-edge elements of Penn Law’s educational and thought leadership efforts. Jen advances these efforts by focusing on understanding what lawyers need to be successful in the face of constant transformation and how the same dynamic forces create opportunities to engage Penn Law students and creative thinkers from across disciplines in designing solutions that make broader legal systems accessible to a broad and diverse client base.
Before assuming her current role, Jen served as Associate Dean for Professional Engagement and Director of the Center on Professionalism at Penn Law. Before returning to Penn Law, Jen served as Chief of Staff to the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, as a litigation associate with a Center City law firm and as a judicial law clerk.
Jen graduated from Penn Law in 2004 and from Penn State University, with high honors, in 2000.
Jen is a frequent writer and speaker on issues that include lawyer and law student well-being, design thinking for lawyers and promotion and advancement of women attorneys. She serves as a member of the ABA Law Practice Attorney Well-Being Committee and received Penn’s Beverly Edwards Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership.
Jen lives with her family in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia.