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D. Jean Pavela, American lawyer, retired legal association administrator. Bar: Illinois 1981, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1981, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1982. Recipient Alumni Achievement award Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, 1982.


Pavela, D. Jean was born on January 26, 1938 in Lawrence, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Harlan W. and Frances May (McLean) Miller.


Bachelor, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Nebraska, 1960. Master of Science, Purdue University, 1962. Juris Doctor, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, 1981.


Research assistant, Chicago Urban League, 1963-1964;executive director, Commision on Human Relations, Kansas City, Kansas, 1967-1972;director, Commision on Human Relations, Maywood, Illinois, 1972-1982;sole practice, Maywood, 1982-1984;director lawyer referral service, Chicago Bar Association, since 1984.


Board directors Project Equality Illinois, Chicago, 1982-1987, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1982-1990, Delaney Theater Company, Oak Park, Illinois, 1985-1986. Advisory board Near West Suburban Housing Center, Westchester, Illinois, 1982-1988. Member council St. John's Lutheran Church, Maywood, Illinois, 1977-1984, 86-96.

Synod council Metropolitan Chicago Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, 1987-1993. Member council Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Maywood, Illinois, 1998-2001, 03-05. Active Police Department Citizens Review Commission, Maywood, 2002-2005.

Member American Bar Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation (board directors 1972-1974, 82-86, chairman personnel committee 1984-1985), Maywood C. of Chamber (board directors 1983-1986), Delta Theta Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, listening to music, sewing.


Married Todd Harold Pavela, Senior, June 2, 1958 (deceased October 1967). Children: Linda Kirsten Gentile, Todd Harold.