Laura Bagby

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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.

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The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) is taking a stance in support of regulatory innovation. During its Midyear Meeting last week, the CCJ adopted Resolution 2, which urges its members to consider regulatory innovations that could improve the delivery of legal services while protecting the public. The resolution recognizes the difficulties Americans face when accessing quality and affordable legal services. Moreover, while traditional solutions to reducing the justice gap, such as increased civil legal aid funding, pro bono work, and court assistance programs, have helped, they aren’t likely to solve the problem alone. The CCJ points to the efforts…
Justice Robert R. Thomas has announced his retirement from the Illinois Supreme Court effective Feb. 29, 2020. Justice Thomas established the Special Supreme Court Committee on Civility in 2001, which went on to become the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. He currently serves as the Supreme Court Liaison to the Commission. After retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas will join the Power Rogers law firm where he will practice with his son. The Court has appointed Second District Appellate Court Justice Michael J. Burke to fill Justice Thomas’ seat effective March 1, 2020, through Dec. 5, 2022. “On…
The annual ABA Midyear Meeting kicks off next week in Austin. From February 12-17, ABA members and other legal professionals will converge on the Texas state capital to discuss issues, regulations, and trends shaping the future of the legal profession.   The annual event will feature several hundred governance and business meetings, CLE programs, awards celebrations, and networking events attended by hundreds of legal professionals from across the U.S. Attendees are eligible to earn up to 11.75 Continuing Legal Education credit hours through programming at the event.  Access to Justice Divide  This year, rural America will take center stage at the ABA Midyear Meeting in the presentation “Legal Deserts – How do Bars Fill the Gap?” Texas…
The ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession will host a Spring Summit for Advancing Women in the Law on Tuesday, March 3, at the Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago. The Summit will bring together influential leaders from the federal judiciary, law firms, and corporate legal department to discuss the current landscape for women in law and explore takeaways from new research on gender bias and the courts. The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois is also sponsoring the event. “The Spring Summit for Advancing Women in the Law will provide a platform for legal and judicial leaders to address…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for its fifth annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago. The Future Is Now will feature 11 industry-leading speakers tackling pressing topics in the legal profession, the judiciary, and organizational leadership. In a series of TED-like talks and interactive townhall discussions, speakers will provide practical tips for improving the practice of law and discuss trends that are reshaping the profession. For the first time, the 2020 conference…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Executive Director Jayne Reardon has been named to the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s (LTRC) 2020 Women of Legal Tech list. Reardon was one of 20 women selected by the LTRC from almost 200 nominations.  “I’m honored to be recognized by the LTRC, alongside these innovative women who’re pushing the profession forward,” said Reardon. “As changes in technology and globalization transform industries, it’s vital that the legal profession keeps up. We must adopt practices that not only enable lawyers to leverage technology to deliver improved legal services, but also allow lawyers to make a sustainable living. I thank the LTRC for including me in its 2020 class.”  The LTRC provides legal technology resources…