2Civility Blog

The 2Civility Blog is a thought-provoking platform of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. It is a forum that provides the space to dive deeply into key issues impacting the legal profession.

Through the blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism advances its mission to promote a culture of civility and inclusion within the following topics: civility, diversity and inclusion, ethics, future law, justice, law school, leadership, legal profession, mentoring, professionalism, technology, and wellness.  These topics demonstrate that the law can be both a rewarding and challenging vocation.

The 2Civility Blog is a tool to think critically about and navigate the straight lines, curves, and detours of the legal profession. Our intent is to foster an open and ongoing dialogue. Don’t delay. Join the 2Civility Blog community and conversation.

Illinois attorneys with last names beginning A–M: do you still need CLE hours before the June 30 MCLE completion deadline? (Check your MCLE transcript here to see where you stand.)
The Commission on Professionalism currently offers 7.5 hours of free CLE through nine courses on our website.
Our CLEs are approved for professional responsibility

This week, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Board of Admissions to the Bar announced that Illinois will adopt a new bar exam in 2028.
The exam, called the NextGen bar exam, will replace the currently administered Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which has been administered since 2019.
It will place “a greater emphasis on testing

Our Commissioner Spotlight series highlights the judges, lawyers, and educators from across Illinois who have been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as our Commissioners.
These individuals are known for their commitment to professionalism and contributions to the bar and their communities.
This Commissioner Spotlight highlights our Chair, John Kim, who counsels on

Summer is almost here! In addition to warmer weather, summer means opportunities for Illinois lawyers and judges to connect with other legal professionals and support their community at events hosted by local and affinity bar and judicial associations.
From a “Salute to Veterans in the Legal Profession” and the ISBA’s Annual Meeting, to golf and

The Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (ATJ Commission) and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Access to Justice Division (AOIC ATJ Division) are accepting applications for a grant initiative to support Illinois courts in improving access to justice (ATJ Improvement Grant).
Applications for the grants must be submitted by email to Jill

Our Professionalism Spotlight series highlights Illinois legal professionals who demonstrate the ideals of professionalism and a commitment to advancing equitable, efficient, and effective justice in Illinois.
In this Professionalism Spotlight, we spoke with Laura J. Lazarczyk, Chief Legal Officer for Zurich North America, a commercial property and casualty insurance carrier in the U.S. and

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Becky Harris has joined the organization as its Instructional Design Manager.
In this role, Harris will expand the Commission’s role as a thought leader in professional responsibility legal education, including engaging with Illinois CLE providers to promote educational best practices and collaborating with

The rapid evolution of voice cloning and deepfake technologies has introduced new risks and vulnerabilities for the legal profession. Unscrupulous individuals may seek to exploit these tools to impersonate clients or lawyers, gain unauthorized access to privileged information, or even attempt to mislead courts and legal proceedings.
To uphold the integrity of the attorney-client relationship