Continuing Legal Education

Civility and Professionalism in 2013

April 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours, including 6.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Co-sponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street – Philip H. Corboy Law Center
(map and directions)

As leaders in our community, it is imperative that we maintain gold-star civility and professionalism among ourselves, our clients, and our adversaries. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the wisdom and insight you need to make strong ethical and professional decisions throughout the coming year. This program is designed to provide Illinois attorneys with the six hours of professionalism credit they need. Included are comments from an Illinois Supreme Court Justice; insight from a law school dean; judicial expectations; the current state of civility and professionalism; understanding how the legal profession handles mental illness and addiction; professional ethics; and much more! The program concludes with an interactive panel discussion of hot topics with a focus on social media, contempt findings, and best practices.

Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinator:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel
, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Program Moderator:
Hon. Ann B. Jorgensen
, Second District Appellate Court, Wheaton



9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Overview of Civility and Professionalism*
The opening segment provides an overview of the program and reviews the education required under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 794(d)(1).
Hon. Ann B. Jorgensen, Second District Appellate Court, Wheaton

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  The State of the Court*
This informative presentation offers a look at the new and upcoming areas of interest with the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as a discussion on the state of the practice of law in Illinois.
Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court, Nashville

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Refreshments sponsored by CourtCall

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  Educating the Next Generation of Lawyers*
It is important that attorneys and judges understand how the next generation of lawyers is being taught. This segment discusses how the education of the modern-day student differs from that of twenty years ago and also addresses the top challenges facing law schools, faculty, and students.
David N. Yellen, Dean, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Impacting Professionalism in the 21st Century*
This session explores a number of civility and professionalism issues, including the effect of technology on legal practice, how mentoring programs are being implemented, and the challenges and opportunities presented by social media. A discussion on new developments with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is included.
Hon. Debra B. Walker, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Jayne R. Reardon, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
Lunch sponsored by CourtCall

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Reaching Our Colleagues*
Lawyers are coming to the Lawyers’ Assistance Program with more complex problems than ever before.  In addition to alcohol and drug addiction, many experience depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, and older adult issues that impact their ability to work productively. How do we reach out to our colleagues who need assistance?
Valee L. Salone, President, Lawyers Assistance Program, Chicago
Janet Piper Voss, Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program, Chicago
Robin M. Belleau, Clinical Director, Lawyers Assistance Program, Chicago

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)
Refreshments sponsored by CourtCall

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Judicial Ethics*
Judicial canon sets the boundaries for the judicial leaders in our community by universally binding them to a set of rules designed to encourage ethical, civil, and professional actions. Join us for a better understanding of the expectations these canons place on the judicial profession.
Hon. Donald C. Hudson, Second District Appellate Court, St. Charles

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Legal Ethics*
This segment offers a look at what the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct require of Illinois attorneys, how ethics impact the legal profession, and the types of conduct attorneys should avoid.
Warren Lupel, Much Shelist, Chicago

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Hot Topics in Civility and Professionalism*
Social media has impacted – positively and negatively – virtually every aspect of modern life. This panel presentation touches upon social media in the legal profession, along with the handling of contempt proceedings and best practices attorneys should be following in order to avoid trouble.
Hon. Gino L. DiVito (ret.), Tabet, DiVito & Rothstein, LLC, Chicago
David W. Inlander, Fischel & Kahn, Ltd., Chicago
Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, First District Appellate Court, Chicago
Hon. Jeanne M. Reynolds, Circuit Court of Cook County, Skokie