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Supreme Court Committees/Commissions


Standing committees of the court and chairpersons during 2014

Appellate Court Administrative Committee... studies and recommends methods by which the appellate court might improve the processing of appeals. Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.

Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission... oversees the attorney registration and disciplinary process. Joan M. Eagle, 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.  James L. DeAno, Chair; Nancy S. Marder, Esq., Chicago-Kent, Reporter; 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. Hon. Kathleen Pantle, Cook County Circuit 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); Douglas A. Gift, 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. Richard A. Redmond, 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. Timothy W. Kelly, Chair.

Judicial Mentor Committee... assists new trial judges in the transition from attorney to judge. Hon. Elizabeth A. Robb, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Chair.

Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee... implements and administers the court's program for judicial performance evaluation to promote judicial excellence and competence. Hon. Kevin P. Fitzgerald, Circuit Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Chair; Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.

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.
     Principles, Mission, and Charge - May 2012

Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board... Patrick M. Kinnally, Chair; Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, liaison officer.

Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning... Hon. Kathryn E. Zenoff, Second District Appellate Court, Chair.

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; Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, liaison officer.

Special Supreme Court Committee on E-Business... Bruce R. Pfaff, Chair; Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, liaison officer.

Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism... Hon. Debra B. Walker, Cook County Circuit Court, Chair; Justice Robert R. Thomas, liaison officer.

Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence... monitors, reviews and studies Illinois Supreme Court cases 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 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.