Commission Sends Mentor Model Abroad

Chinese firm taking cues from state high court’s civility group.

The organization tasked by the Illinois Supreme Court with in-stilling civility among legal professionals is spreading its message more than 6,500 miles beyond state lines.

Last month, Mark C. Palmer, professionalism counsel with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, held a video conference with attorneys and legal scholars in Beijing, China, who were interested in learning more about the Illinois commission’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program.

Palmer spoke with attorneys at the Beijing Shangquan Law Firm and other legal professionals about the best practices in developing a mentoring program after the firm requested the commission’s input.

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