Jayne Reardon was the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism from 2009 to 2022. She is serving as an advisor to Executive Director Erika Harold until her retirement on May 6, 2022.
During her tenure at the Commission, Jayne oversaw programs and initiatives to increase the civility and professionalism of attorneys and judges, create inclusiveness in the profession, and promote increased service to the public.
Jayne developed the Commission’s successful statewide Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, which focuses on activities designed to explore ethics, professionalism, civility, diversity, and wellness in practice settings. She also spearheaded the development of interactive digital and social media platforms that connect constituencies through blogs, social networking sites, and discussion groups.
A frequent writer and speaker on topics involving the changing practice of law, Jayne asserts that embracing inclusiveness and innovation will ensure that the profession remains relevant and impactful in the future.
Jayne’s prior experience includes many successful years of practice as a trial lawyer, committee work on diversity, well-being, and recruiting issues, and attorney regulatory and discipline cases as counsel to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board.
Jayne is a member of numerous bar associations including the Association for Professional Responsibility Lawyers Future of Lawyering Committee and the steering committee of the National Lawyer Mentoring Consortium. She’s active in the ABA Consortium of Professionalism Initiatives, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association. Jayne was past-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.
Jayne was selected as a 2021 Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal and the ABA Center for Innovation. Additionally, Reardon was one of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s 2020 Women of Legal Tech and named to the 2019 Fastcase 50. She was also awarded the Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award from the Illinois Bar Foundation in 2017.
Jayne holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Park Ridge, Illinois, with her husband and those of her four children who drop in for extended visits.