The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Executive Director Jayne Reardon has been named to the 2019 Fastcase 50.
Each year since 2011, the legal publisher Fastcase has recognized 50 industry innovators, techies and leaders who’ve made a significant impact on the profession. Past honorees include legal tech writer Robert Ambrogi, Nicole Black of MyCase and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Dan Rodriguez.
The 2019 award recipients include a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, law librarians, legal journalists, bar association leaders and other industry trailblazers who’re passionate about improving the delivery of legal services.
“Throughout her career, Jayne has challenged attorneys to embrace innovation while honoring the core values of the legal profession – civility, service and professionalism,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “As Executive Director, Jayne has grown the Commission from a ‘startup’ to one of the country’s leading professionalism organizations. On behalf of the Commission, I congratulate Jayne on this well-deserved honor and thank her for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the legal profession, our clients and the administration of justice.”
Reardon joined the Commission on Professionalism in 2006 and was named Executive Director in 2009. At the Commission, Reardon oversees programming focused on increasing civility and professionalism in the Illinois legal and judicial communities and promoting increased service to the public. This includes the Commission’s successful statewide Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, its annual future-law focused conference The Future Is Now: Legal Services and its professional responsibility educational programming.
In 2015, Reardon helped develop a first-in-the-nation Courthouse Professionalism Training. This cross-disciplinary program asks all members of the court working community to walk in the shoes of patrons for a day, addressing issues most problematic for those who use the court system.
Earlier in her career, Reardon practiced as a trial lawyer, worked on diversity and recruiting initiatives and managed attorney discipline cases as counsel to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board.
Reardon is a member of 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. Reardon was past-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.
Reardon holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame.
The Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting July 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 900,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit www.fastcase.com.
About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission on Professionalism works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit 2Civility.org and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.
Laura Bagby, Communications Director