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More Than Half of US Jurisdictions Have Adopted the UBE

Over the last two years, I have reported countless instances of US jurisdictions adopting the uniform bar exam (UBE). In fact, the last tally I took on behalf of the Commission in 2016 was 24 out of all 56 US jurisdictions.  Today, that number is 30 – meaning more…
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Serving Yourself Better Serves the Legal Profession

For many of us, the holidays are a time of rest and renewal. For others, a time of professional or personal stress. All of us should take the time to remind ourselves that serving our well-being should remain of highest priority.  Earlier this year,…
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Commission on Professionalism and LAP Team Up For Wellness CLE

Each month, Hon. Lynn Egan of the Circuit Court in Cook County hosts a free lunchtime seminar for all Illinois lawyers. Every monthly CLE program spotlights a different subject-matter or issue impacting the profession.   As the holidays are approaching, stress levels rocket — in and…
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Committee on Equality Uncovers Implicit Bias in Illinois Courts

As humans, we all fall victim to implicit bias. Our life experiences affect our beliefs, and those beliefs often play into our decision-making, whether we are aware of them or not.   Unfortunately, these unconscious biases can become increasingly problematic, especially when they begin to dictate our deliberate choices and reasonings. Luckily though, implicit bias does not have…
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Illinois Bar Foundation Honors Jayne Reardon

Each year, the Illinois Bar Foundation – the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association – honors legal professionals at its Annual Fellows Breakfast. This year, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Jayne Reardon, will be one of…
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The State Bar of California Finalizes Plan for Split

It’s official. The State Bar of California is splitting. Last May, the Commission reported early rumors of the split, but this October, California Governor Jerry Brown made it official when he signed SB 36 – “the state bar act” –…
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Reflecting on the Importance of Pro Bono Service

At the Commission on Professionalism, we are charged to connect lawyers and inspire change. Each October, Illinois lawyers reflect on the importance of pro bono service. In fact, many attorneys across the country deliberately set time aside to give back to those…
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CBA Launches Limited Scope Referral Program for SRLs

The dawn of the internet era has transformed the do-it-yourself mentality. DIY is no longer just a possibility. It’s the reality. Consumers are gleaning insights from their smart devices, tackling all of their problems before turning to “subject-matter experts” for answers.  Even…
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2017 Pro Bono Week Opportunities in Illinois

Pro bono service is a core element of the legal profession, one that attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals revere. To reinforce that tie to service, the profession hosts annual Pro Bono Week programming for lawyers and the public to attend.  For…
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Champaign County Circuit Clerk Hosts Expungement Summit

After the success of last year’s Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office is hosting its now annual event again, this October.  On Saturday, October 21st, volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance to those individuals wishing to expunge, clear, or seal past criminal records. The…
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St. Mary’s Law Journal Publishes ABS Article By Jayne Reardon

Last year, the University of St. Mary’s School of Law selected Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, to write a piece about the possibility of lawyers practicing in an alternative business structure (ABS) for the school’s law review.   Jayne’s article on the inclusion of ABS in…
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LTF Creates E-Filing Guide for Illinois Lawyers

E-filing is coming. As many of you know, lawyers in Illinois will be required to file electronically in Illinois state court civil cases starting January 1, 2018. Therefore, case documents must be filed electronically through the newly developed centralized manager, eFileIL, and all filing fees must be paid electronically as well.   In light of…
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