• active learning

    Size Matters: Shifting Small Groups to Active Learning

    As Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism, I have the opportunity to attend a lot of CLEs. Surveying these courses is integral to our mission of fostering high-quality professional responsibility education for lawyers in Illinois and beyond. While the CLEs we evaluate include a broad range of providers and topic areas, one common...
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  • bostock

    Bostock and Illinois’ LGBTQ+ Community

    In a year that is not half complete and already full of unimaginable heartbreaks and disappointments, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an opinion that is a cause for celebration. Fittingly handed down during Pride Month, as we recognize the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia held that an employer who fires an e...
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  • lgbtq+ illinois

    Celebrating Illinois’ LGBTQ+ History

    This week, five years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared marriage a fundamental right for same-sex couples, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-bias law covers LGBTQ+ workers. This landmark decision comes during Pride Month 2020, as the Illinois LGBTQ+ community reflects on the progress they have made and what steps still need to be t...
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  • Lawyers Must Build Trust in the Justice System

    Lawyers Must Build Trust in the Justice System

    To say we are experiencing challenging times is an understatement. Yet, there is also momentum brewing to change the status quo. Within that, lawyers must work to build the public’s trust in the justice system. The time to act is now. Our Current Climate COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill with the sobering number of cases, deaths, a...
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self represented litigants

Access to Justice Commission Requests Proposals For Grants to Support SRLs

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (A2J Commission) and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) are accepting applications for two grants that will expand the network of court personnel who serve self-represented litigants (SRLs). As the number of SRLs rises, the AOIC seeks to establish or redesign program...
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illinois supreme court

Illinois Supreme Court to Hold Remote Public Hearing on 7 Proposals, Including Repealing Rule 23

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hold a remote public hearing on seven proposals on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The committee will hear comments on all proposals, including a proposal that would repeal Supreme Court Rule 23 in its entirety and require all written opinions by the Appellate Court to be published. The repeal of Rule 23...
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Stephanie Villinski

Stephanie Villinski Appointed to ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Stephanie Villinski, Deputy Director of the Commission, has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism. Villinski’s three-year term on the national, nine-person committee will commence with the adjournment of the ABA...
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