2020 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speakers

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, will moderate the two-hour program.


Wendy Muchman, Northwestern University School of Law Faculty, former Chief of Litigation and Professional Education, ARDC

Wendy Muchman is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where since 2000 she teaches legal ethics courses. Ms. Muchman regularly lectures and presents workshops regarding professional responsibility and disciplinary law to various national and state bar association groups, law firms, judges and law schools.

Between 1989 and 2019, she was employed as a bar regulator at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), where she most recently served as Chief of Litigation and Professional Education. While at the ARDC she presented hundreds of workshops regarding professional responsibility to a variety of audiences. She also investigated and prosecuted innumerable lawyer disciplinary cases, including cases involving allegations of conversion, billing fraud, conflicts of interest, and public corruption. Cases of note include In re Rinella, 175 Ill.2d 504, 677 N.E.2d 909 (1997) and In re Paul M. Weiss, M.R. 27547, 2008 PR00116 (Nov. 17, 2015). Her job responsibilities at the ARDC included supervision and training of the litigation attorneys and staff.

Other teaching experience includes courses at Chicago-Kent College of Law where she taught intensive trial advocacy and a course she developed, ethics and advocacy. She is a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for the regional and national trial advocacy, and deposition programs, various law firm training programs, and serves as a team leader for the Midwest Regional Trial Program.

Ms. Muchman has extensive experience in various bar association groups focusing on Professional Responsibility. For the year 2019-2020 Ms. Muchman is President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). She has served the NOBC in leadership roles since 2013, when she started as a member of Programming Committee and in August 2016 was elected as a Board officer.

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Ms. Muchman serves as secretary of American Bar Association Government and Public Lawyers Division (ABA) where commencing in 2012 she was an elected member-at-large to the Council and in 2018 was elected to the Board. She is an appointed member of the ABA Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services for a term 2019-2022.

During the year 2019-2020 she is an appointed member to the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Conference Planning Committee. Other work for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility includes in 2018, Ms. Muchman, with the assistance of a Northwestern law student, Alexander Bai, served as a chapter author to update the First Edition of the ABA Annotated Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions which was published in Spring 2019 as the second edition.

In 2018-2019, Ms. Muchman serves the National Conference of Bar Examiners as a subject matter expert for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.

In 2019-2020 she serves as an Affiliate of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility.

In 2013, she was selected to participate as a fellow in the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Between 2009 and 2011, she served as the Vice-Chair, then Chair, of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility.

Prior to 1989 when she started her employment at the ARDC, Ms. Muchman litigated in the state and federal courts. Areas of practice included insurance litigation, civil rights, age discrimination and aviation defense work. She received her JD from DePaul University College of Law and her BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.


Mark C. Palmer, Chief Counsel, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Mark C. Palmer serves as Chief Counsel under the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism to facilitate the promotion of professionalism, civility, and integrity among our lawyers and judges in Illinois. Mark supports the legal and judicial systems to better provide equitable, efficient, and effective service to the public through education and outreach initiatives.

Mark collaborates with legal mentoring stakeholders across Illinois and the nation to bring the Court’s professionalism-based mentoring program to new and experience attorneys. He further supports the development and delivery of educational programming to lawyers, judges, and law students, and performs outreach across the state on behalf of the Commission.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mark spent a decade in private practice as a trial attorney primarily focused on commercial litigation, banking law, and municipal law. During such time, he handled civil and criminal cases in the state and federal courts, including the appellate courts.

Mark serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign since 2009. Additionally, he has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers in Illinois at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, lecturing on topics such as use of force and police liability.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his law degree from UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is active in numerous bar and civic organizations including on the Board of Governors for the Illinois State Bar Association and as the chair of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 6th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.


Honorable Clare J. Quish, Jr., Circuit Court of Cook County, First Municipal District

Judge Clare J. Quish was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County in June 2016 and elected in 2018. Judge Quish currently presides over jury trials of civil cases in the First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center. Previously, Judge Quish was a partner at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., where she concentrated in appellate practice and commercial and civil litigation. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a former senior associate at Crisham & Kubes, Ltd., and a former judicial law clerk to Justice Mary Jane Theis when she served on the Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Quish also served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness for the First Judicial District from 2013-2016.

Judge Quish is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, where she previously served as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Judge Quish co-authored a chapter titled Interlocutory Appeals as of Right, in the 2015 and 2018 editions of Civil Appeals (Illinois): State and Federal, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.