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April Preyar

Attorney April Preyar is the premiere criminal law expert in the U.S. Preyar, a Chicago native, is an experienced criminal defense attorney, legal educator, professional speaker, board game designer and author of six books. Preyar is a graduate of Duke University and George Washington University Law School. She has been practicing law in the state of Illinois for 22 years.

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April is the powerhouse speaker that your organization needs! From courtrooms to classrooms to boardrooms, April engages teens and adults alike with her uncanny ability to break the law down into simple terms. Her straight-forward and candid approach is eye-opening and inspiring to all who hear her speak. April has conducted interactive workshops and presentations for thousands of youth and young adults, virtually and in person. She also captivates corporate audiences with her hard-hitting take on race,    class, gender and the law.   April is prepared and excited to speak at your next event.

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Dr. Royond Hendrix
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“Kensington, Inc. is always thrilled to have the JustUs Junkie empower youth at our Youth Summits. Her ability to authentically connect and enlighten her audience is amazing, and the attendees leave with tools and skills to interact with law enforcement and get home safely.”
J. Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi
J. Lynn Watkins-AsiyanbiAttorney and Youth Director Read More
“As a facilitator for a teen organization, Ms. Preyar was engaging but more importantly kept it real! She provided specific examples using teenagers and their families she has worked with over her tenured career as a seasoned litigator. Teens and parents left enlightened and more informed about what they should do to protect their innocence.”
Sam Adam, Jr
Sam Adam, JrCelebrity Attorney Read More
“April Preyar has been instrumental in mentoring and developing lawyers through the Chicagoland area. I have personally worked with Attorney Preyar for more than 15 years, and have witnessed her passion for teaching and guiding members of the Bar. Drawing from vast experiences within her celebrated legal career, and employing state-of-the-art communication techniques to reach her diverse audience, Attorney April Preyar is simply exceptional.”
Dr. Aminah Pilgrim
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“Attorney April Preyar is the lawyer we need for the present time. Her talks and workshops, intended to raise awareness about the criminal justice system, are passion-filled, captivating and thought-provoking. The board game she has invented “Trials & Triumph”(and other products/ classes/ tools she offers) are innovative and life-saving! As racial profiling and – encounters between the public and police are on the rise, we need someone with experience, insight, and courage. April Preyar offers all three and gives us much needed clarity.”

The Game Changer

April Preyar

April is a game changer and the creator of JustUs Junkie, an educational platform which uses videos, workshops, and her original board game, Trials & Triumph, to teach law in simple terms.  Preyar’s most popular video garnered 1.2 million views in 24 hours!


April has taught as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and Malcolm X College. 

She has appeared on Good Day Chicago on Fox 32, ABC News Chicago, NBC News Chicago, CBS News New York, DailyMail TV, the Oxygen Channel, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, AfroTech, ABA Journal, Authority Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Willie Moore Jr. Radio Show (syndicated in 29 markets), WGCI Chicago, V103 Chicago, V103 Talk Radio Chicago, WSRB Radio Hammond and many more!

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5 Board Games Created by Black Entrepreneurs

You’ve watched all the movies on streaming platforms and participated in all the viral challenges, but what now? It’s time to unplug with a game night consisting of games made for us by us.

According to Newsweek, only three percent of game developers are African American. 

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Entrepreneurs educate by gamifying the law

Chicago criminal defense attorney April Preyar is making sure youth are game to learn about the law.

Preyar has been on a mission to educate teens about what to do—and what not to do—during encounters with police. And she hopes the board game she developed, Trials & Triumph, will help keep kids out of jail. 

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Social Impact Heroes: Why & How April Preyar of ‘JustUs Junkie’ Is Helping To Change Our World

A young friend of my family was arrested. I have known this young man since he was an infant. I watched him excel in sports, advance in school and grow into a thoughtful human. His entire family has my phone number on speed-dial, yet no one called me until days after he was arrested to represent him in court.

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Game aims to help young people interact with police

April Preyar ’96, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice in Chicago, was exhausted from helping one client at a time, arguing before a judge and jury, recognizing that 49 percent of Black males and 44 percent of Hispanic males will have been arrested by the time they’re twenty-three.

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