Register Today: Free Regional Conferences on Diversity and Well-Being

Diversity and WellbeingDiversity and well-being are essential to an attorney’s ethical and professional practice. But what does it mean to have an awareness of diversity? How can a busy practitioner ensure their mental well-being?

Meeting New CLE Requirement

It has been over a year since the Illinois Supreme Court amended the professional responsibility continuing legal education rules to require all registered Illinois attorneys to take one hour of diversity and inclusion CLE and one hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE.

In that time, three of the Court’s entities, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the Illinois Attorney and Registration Council, and the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, have offered numerous in-person and online CLE programs to help lawyers meet their new CLE requirements.

This fall, all three agencies of the court will join together to offer a two hour program to lawyers across the state to help deepen their understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion and mental health and well-being.


The free regional conferences, Diversity and Well-Being are Essential to Effective Lawyering, will take place this October in Carbondale, Chicago, and online. The first will be on October 11, 2018 at 12:00pm at Southern Illinois University School of Law. The second will be October 12, 2018 at 3:00pm at Loyola University Chicago College of Law. The program will also be simulcast live from the Loyola campus on October 12.

The first hour, titled Transforming Face of Law will address the twin roles that implicit bias and cultural competency play in attorney interactions with each other and with clients, and provide lawyers with the tools needed to navigate our transforming workplace.

The second hour, Recognizing, Understanding, and Referring a Colleague in Need, will focus on how lawyers can recognize when their colleagues need assistance, and how those attorneys can offer help.


Registration for the free regional conferences is now open. Attorneys may choose Carbondale, Chicago or online when registering. There is limited space available so register soon.

For more information about the conferences, please contact Lindsay Shaw of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, at (312) 363-6210.

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Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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