Tomorrow, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will speak at the Southern Illinois University School of Law. On October 10th, Justice Karmeier will administer the Pledge of Professionalism at the law school’s professionalism orientation program.
The Commission on Professionalism and the Illinois Supreme Court believe that upon entering the legal profession, all professionalism education must begin in law school. It is there that, the mind and skill set of a lawyer is shaped. That’s why each year the Commission and the Court work with rising 1Ls at their law school orientations each fall. At the Orientation, the Commission staff and law schools host an introduction to civility and professionalism in the legal profession session at all nine Illinois law schools.
At the law schools, the students hear remarks from Illinois Justices and Judges and pledge to be a civil and professional attorney before beginning their first day in the classroom as an aspiring lawyer. Some of the law schools even have facilitators participate with law students in small group settings walking through hypothetical scenarios that they likely will face as lawyers that may cause them to question their sense of professionalism.
As Michelle Silverthorn, Commission Education Associate, detailed in her blog post about the same, Justice Karmeier’s presentation will bookend the Commission’s statewide Law School Orientation program.
The Justice’s remarks will be followed by the formal pledge of professionalism which was written by the law students at Southern Illinois University School of Law.
For more information about the upcoming Pledge of Professionalism at the Southern University School of Law, please refer to the local announcement in The Southern Illinoisan. And those interested in learning more about the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Professionalism Orientation or would like to volunteer as a facilitator for future law school orientations should refer to the Commission’s website.