Standing committees of the court and chairpersons during 2013
Appellate Court Administrative Committee... studies and recommends methods by which the appellate court might improve the processing of appeals. Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.
Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission... oversees the attorney registration and disciplinary process. R. Michael Henderson, Chair; Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, liaison officer.
Board of Admissions to the Bar... oversees the process of admitting law school graduates to the practice of law. Justice Anne M. Burke, liaison officer.
Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases... studies and recommends new pattern jury instructions for civil cases or modifications to existing instructions. Michael J. Warner, Chair; Nancy S. Marder, Esq., Chicago-Kent, Reporter; Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, liaison officer.
Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases... studies and recommends new pattern jury instructions for criminal cases or modifications to existing instructions. Justice Robert L. Carter, Third District Appellate Court, Chair; John F. Erbes, Esq., SIU School of Law, Professor-Reporter; Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, liaison officer.
Committee on Character and Fitness... evaluates the moral character and general fitness of applicants to practice law. Philip L. Bronstein, Chair, Monica G. Somerville, Vice-Chair (First Judicial District); Patrick A. Salvi, Chair (Second Judicial District); David L. Wentworth, Chair (Third Judicial District); Frederick H. Underhill, Jr., Chair (Fourth Judicial District); John A. Clark, Chair, Mark C. Scroggins, Vice-Chair (Fifth Judicial District); Justice Robert R. Thomas, liaison officer.
Committee on Professional Responsibility... advises and makes recommendations on matters relating to legal ethics and professional responsibility. Steven F. Pflaum, Esq., Chair; Professor Vivien C. Gross, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Professor-Reporter; Justice Anne M. Burke, liaison officer.
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice... promotes, facilitates, and enhances equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable. Jeffrey D. Colman, Chair.
Judicial Mentor Committee... assists new trial judges in the transition from attorney to judge.
Legislative Committee of the Supreme Court of Illinois... provides review of legislation, recommends a response to the legislative branch, and prepares legislative reports. Hon. S. Gene Schwarm, Circuit Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Chair.
Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee... implements and administers the court's program for judicial performance evaluation to promote judicial excellence and competence. Justice Joy V. Cunningham, First District Appellate Court, Chair; Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.
Special Supreme Court Committee on Child Custody Issues... formulates methods to expedite review of child custody cases. Judge Robert J. Anderson and Judge Moshe Jacobius, Co-Chairs; Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.
Special Supreme Court Committee on Mortgage Foreclosures... charged with the task of investigating the procedures currently used throughout Illinois in mortgage foreclosure proceedings; studying relevant Supreme Court Rules and local rules that directly or indirectly affect such proceedings; analyzing the procedures adopted in other states in response to the unprecedented number of foreclosure filings nationwide; reviewing legislative proposals pending in the Illinois General Assembly that may impact the present statutory scheme for mortgage foreclosures; and recommending mortgage foreclosure rules for statewide implementation, with a view toward ensuring fair and efficient foreclosure proceedings. Hon. Lewis M. Nixon, Circuit Judge, Cook County, Chair, Justice Mary Jane Theis, liaison officer.
Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence... monitors, reiews and studies Illinois cases and, to the extent relevant, cases from around the country, that impact evidence law
generally and the Illinois Rules of Evidence specifically. Hon. Donald C. Hudson, Chair; Hon. Warren D. Wolfson, Vice-Chair; Ralph Ruebner, Professor-Reporter; Justice Mary Jane Theis, liaison officer.
Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Conduct... reviews current supreme court rules and the recommendations of the American Bar Association on judicial conduct as directed by the supreme court, and recommends modifications to the supreme court. Hon. William O. Mays, Jr., Chair.
Supreme Court Probation Policy Advisory Board... advises the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts on policy matters and programming in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of Illinois' probation and court services departments; provides a formal venue for communication, review, analysis and exchange of information; and identifies opportunities, resources and strategies to advance probation's mission.
Supreme Court Rules Committee... studies and recommends new supreme court rules or modifications to existing rules. John B. Simon, Chair; Brett K. Gorman, Vice-Chair; Professor Keith H. Beyler, SIU School of Law, Reporter; Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, liaison officer. See a description of the rulemaking process.
Special Supreme Court Committee to Study Courtroom and Judicial Security... studies courtroom and judicial security. Hon. Michael P. Kiley, Chair