James Montgomery Inspiring Lawyers To Serve

I was so honored to have had the opportunity to interview Chicago attorney James Montgomery.  In this video of our conversation, he reflects on what drew him to the law as a career, his work in both the public and private sectors, and the importance of service.  The skills of lawyers are needed in their communities, on boards and in organizations.  James Montgomery inspires lawyers to give back to the community.  In doing so, lawyers not only represent the best of our country founded on the rule of law, they also may gain clients and business.

You may also want to watch James Montgomery Reflections on the Black and White Legal Community.

James Montgomery Bio

James Montgomery was born in Louise, Mississippi on February 17, 1932, and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1953. A 1956 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Mr. Montgomery has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court and has appeared in trials in various states throughout the country. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and has also appeared before various United States Courts of Appeal and the Illinois Supreme Court to argue cases. His reputation as a skilled litigator is widely known, with respect to both criminal and civil-rights cases.  Read More…


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Jayne Reardon
As a prior trial lawyer, Jayne leads lawyers to embrace the transformative possibilities of future law practice. As a prior disciplinary counsel, Jayne is passionate about promoting the core values of the legal profession. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame. Jayne lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with her husband and those of her four children who are not otherwise living in college towns and beyond.
Jayne Reardon

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