Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Jeanne Bishop is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was murdered in 1990 along with her husband and their unborn baby. Since the murders of her family members, Ms. Bishop has been a passionate voice for forgiveness and mercy, particularly in the criminal justice system. She appears in several documentaries, two TEDx talks and the CBS 48 Hours segment “Road to Redemption.”
A graduate of Northwestern University’s journalism and law schools, Ms. Bishop was also a Visiting Student at Yale Law School. She is a public defender in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, and an adjunct law professor in trial advocacy at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she received the school’s alumni award for pubic service.
Ms. Bishop has written widely in newspapers and magazines, online sites such as Huffington Post and CNN.com, law journals and academic books. She is the author of a memoir, Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer, and the recently released Grace From the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing, named by Publishers Weekly as one of its Top Ten Religion and Spirituality Books for Spring 2020.