The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Professionalism Counsel Mark C. Palmer has been elected to the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Board of Governors. Palmer will serve a 3-year term as lead representative for the 5th, 6th and 11th Judicial Circuits beginning on June 13, 2019, the opening of the ISBA Annual Meeting.

The 27-member ISBA Board of Governors oversees the operations and management of the ISBA, subject to policies set by the 203-member Assembly. Voting in the election was open to ISBA members.

“Mark has dedicated his career to improving the administration of justice through education and outreach to the legal community,” said Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism. “He is the embodiment of civility and professionalism and an ideal representative for the ISBA Board of Governors. On behalf of the Commission, I congratulate Mark on this well-deserved honor.”

As Professionalism Counsel, Palmer leads the Commission’s nationally renowned lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program. The program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to share professional guidance with new attorneys. It has served as a model for similar programs across the U.S.

Palmer also supports the development and delivery of educational programming for judges, lawyers and law students across Illinois. This includes spearheading the Commission’s first-in-the-nation Courthouse Professionalism Training, which addresses specific issues that impede civility and professionalism in the court system.

Full results from the ISBA Board of Governors election and its other 2019 elections can be found here.

About the ISBA

Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of 28,000 members, the Association’s primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.

The Association engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law.

About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 

The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 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, the Commission on Professionalism 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

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Laura Bagby is Communications Director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, where she 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.