Illinois Law Students Pledge to Promote Professionalism

On Tuesday, October 22, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier led first-year law students from Southern Illinois University School of Law (SIU) in the Pledge of Professionalism. The pledge was part of a professionalism orientation that the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism helps to facilitate each year at Illinois’ nine law schools. The SIU orientation marked the end of another successful year of professionalism orientations for the state’s 1L students.

The professionalism orientation is designed to welcome first-year law students to the legal profession and introduce them to the core concepts of attorney professionalism. At each orientation, justices and judges from across Illinois reflect on the importance of professionalism in the legal industry, and lead students in the Pledge of Professionalism. Upon taking the pledge, students promise to uphold the highest standards and ideals of the legal profession.

Below are photos from 2019 professionalism orientations around the state.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride leads 1Ls from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in the pledge on Thursday, August 15. Photo by Meredith Stange, courtesy of NIU, use with permission.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Thomas discusses professionalism with 1Ls from Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday, August 16.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. lead 1Ls from DePaul University College of Law in the pledge on Monday, August 19.

First District Appellate Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs welcomes 1Ls at Chicago-Kent College of Law to the profession on Wednesday, August 21. Photo by Emily Barney, courtesy of Chicago-Kent College of Law, use with permission.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman leads 1Ls at the University of Illinois College of Law in the pledge on Wednesday, August 21.

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First District Appellate Judge Joy V. Cunningham leads 1Ls from The John Marshall Law School in the pledge on Thursday, August 22.

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Northern District of Illinois Judge Edmond E. Chang leads 1Ls from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in the pledge on Wednesday, September 4.

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Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer and Commission Chair Martin Sinclair discuss professionalism in the legal industry with 1Ls at the University of Chicago Law School on Monday, September 23.

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Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier leads 1Ls from Southern Illinois University School of Law in the pledge on Tuesday, October 22.

More information on the Commission’s law school professionalism program can be found on our website.

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Sloane Oxley-Hase
Sloane Oxley-Hase is the Communications Specialist at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, where she supports strategic communications and digital and social media marketing initiatives. Prior to the Commission, Sloane was the Marketing and Digital Communications Coordinator at the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR). In her free time, Sloane like to visit restaurants in Chicago, cook new things and garden (when the weather allows).

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Sloane Oxley-Hase
Sloane Oxley-Hase is the Communications Specialist at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, where she supports strategic communications and digital and social media marketing initiatives. Prior to the Commission, Sloane was the Marketing and Digital Communications Coordinator at the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR). In her free time, Sloane like to visit restaurants in Chicago, cook new things and garden (when the weather allows).

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