Professionalism and the Modern Lawyer

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis, who was sworn in in November 2022, has noted that access to justice and fairness will be a significant focus during her term because, as she has said, the “perception of fairness is what holds our communities, our court system, the rule of law, and our democracy together.” 

In this talk, she will discuss what we mean by professionalism and why it matters; the potential impact of incivility on our businesses, the legal profession, and the justice system; and why unethical behavior may lead potential clients to dismiss the value of legal services.