Martin Sinclair Named Chair of Commission on Professionalism

  • Martin SinclairJames DeAno designated Vice-Chair
  • John Kim appointed Commissioner
  • Jeffrey Jackson retires from Commission

The Supreme Court of Illinois has appointed Martin Sinclair as Chair of the Commission on Professionalism, effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Sinclair, an attorney at Sperling & Slater, P.C. in Chicago, previously served as Commission Vice-Chair. His term as Chair will expire on December 31, 2020.

In addition, Commissioner James DeAno, managing partner at DeAno & Scarry, LLC in Chicago, has been designated Vice-Chair for a term expiring December 31, 2019. John Kim, counsel at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. in Bloomington, has been appointed as a new Commissioner for a term expiring December 31, 2021. Mr. Kim replaces Jeffrey Jackson, who retired from the Commission as of December 31, 2018.

“The Court is pleased to appoint Martin as Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. As Vice-Chair, he has been dedicated to advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges in Illinois,” said Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas. “I’d also like to recognize Jeffrey for his many years of service to the Commission, and welcome John as a new Commissioner. I look forward to continuing on our road to professionalism in 2019.”

Mr. Sinclair assumes the role of Chair from Hon. Debra Walker, judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, who chaired the Commission from 2013 through 2018. Judge Walker will continue to serve as a Commissioner with a term expiring December 31, 2020.

“I’m honored to assume the role of Commission Chair. We’ve built an organization that’s vital to ensuring the tenets of civility and professionalism are upheld in the Illinois legal community. I anticipate furthering our commitment through innovative programming that elevates the administration of justice in our society, and continuing to execute the nationally renowned programming we’ve developed to date,” said Mr. Sinclair. “In addition, I’d like to thank Judge Walker for her leadership as Chair. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue our work together in the coming years.”

The Supreme Court of Illinois reappointed four Commissioners for terms expiring December 31, 2021.

  • Jennifer Johnson, a recently retired educator and principal based in Joliet
  • John Kujawski, founding partner of Kujawski Marcus, LLC in O’Fallon
  • William Moran III, principal at Stratton, Moran, Sronce, Reichert & Nardulli, in Springfield
  • Lance Northcutt, trial lawyer and partner at Goldberg Weisman Cairo, Ltd. in Chicago

All designations were effective as of January 1, 2019.

About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism was established by the Illinois Supreme Court 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, 2Civility works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit 2Civility.org and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.

Press Contact 

Laura Bagby, Communications Director
312-363-6209
laura.bagby@2civility.org

 

Laura Bagby
As Communications Director, Laura develops and executes strategy to elevate the Commission among attorneys and judges in Illinois. Laura leverages communications channels to educate and engage with the legal community in support of the Commission’s mission of increasing civility and professionalism to enable the administration of justice. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Laura taking in a show at one of Chicago’s top-notch theatres, planning her next international trip or hanging out in Lincoln Park with her one-eyed Chihuahua, Manny.
Laura Bagby

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Laura Bagby
As Communications Director, Laura develops and executes strategy to elevate the Commission among attorneys and judges in Illinois. Laura leverages communications channels to educate and engage with the legal community in support of the Commission’s mission of increasing civility and professionalism to enable the administration of justice. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Laura taking in a show at one of Chicago’s top-notch theatres, planning her next international trip or hanging out in Lincoln Park with her one-eyed Chihuahua, Manny.
Laura Bagby

2 thoughts on “Martin Sinclair Named Chair of Commission on Professionalism

  1. Less professional (and less ethical) behavior appears to occur more often in courts that do not have electronic recordings.

    In this day and age, is there any real reason why electronic recording is not the norm?

    1. Thanks, Michael, for the comment. We are constantly examining the current and future intersections of technology and justice, and how our courts make a record of its proceedings is no exception. While much of making a record of certain court proceedings by in-person reporter or electronic recording, or both, are guided by statutes and/or rules (e.g. Court Reporters Act, 705 ILCS 70/1 et seq), I wouldn’t be surprised if further advancements in technology are drivers for change in how we conduct a transparent justice system and how records are made and kept of proceedings. Nevertheless, evolving systems often involve challenges with funding as well, even when cost-benefit analysis may seem apparent.

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