2021 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speakers

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


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Jayne R. Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Jayne Reardon is the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. A tireless advocate for professionalism, Jayne oversees programs and initiatives to increase the civility and professionalism of attorneys and judges, create inclusiveness in the profession, and promote increased service to the public.

Jayne developed the Commission’s successful statewide Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program which focuses on activities designed to explore ethics, professionalism, civility, diversity, and wellness in practice settings. She spearheaded development of an interactive digital and social media platform that connects constituencies through blogs, social networking sites and discussion groups.

A frequent writer and speaker on topics involving the changing practice of law, Jayne asserts that embracing inclusiveness and innovation will ensure that the profession remains relevant and impactful in the future.
Jayne’s prior experience includes many successful years of practice as a trial lawyer, committee work on diversity and recruiting issues, and handling attorney discipline cases as counsel to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board.

Jayne is a member of the Association for Professional Responsibility Lawyers Future of Lawyering Committee and the steering committee of the National Lawyer Mentoring Consortium. She’s active in the ABA Consortium of Professionalism Initiatives, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Association. Jayne was past-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.

Jayne holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Park Ridge, Illinois, with her husband and those of her four children who are not otherwise living in college towns and beyond.


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Hon. Daniel B. Shanes, Lake County Circuit Court and Chair of the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees

Daniel B. Shanes is a Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, and is the Presiding Judge of the felony division.

By appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, Judge Shanes serves as the Chair of the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees, and regularly serves as faculty for judicial education for judges and lawyers in Illinois. Judge Shanes is also a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College, providing judicial education to judges across the United States. In addition, Judge Shanes serves by separate appointments of the Illinois Supreme Court as Vice-Chair of its Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases, as well as a member of the Judicial Conference of Illinois. He is a recognized legal scholar and author of dozens of articles, several of which have been cited by the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court, and legal treatises.

First selected as an Associate Judge in 2007, Judge Shanes was subsequently elected and now serves as a Circuit Judge. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Shanes served as an assistant State’s Attorney and division chief for nearly 12 years. During that time, Shanes was a founding team member that created Lake County’s successful Drug Court. Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s office, he served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Robert J. Steigmann of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Judge Shanes has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work on behalf of the justice system, victims of crime, and judicial education. He is active in the community in many ways, from having coached youth sports to serving on the Board of Directors of a local homeless shelter and transitional living facility for women and children. Judge Shanes has also served on the Board of Directors of both the Illinois Judges Association and Lake County Bar Association.

Judge Shanes received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he served on the DePaul Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Out of the courthouse, Judge Shanes is at the bottom of the family totem pole with his wife, four children, and two dogs.


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

Cynthia Fountaine served Southern Illinois University School of Law as its first woman Dean from July 2010 - September 2017. She now serves as a professor of law.

Before joining SIU, she was a professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) from 1997–2010, and served as Interim Dean of the law school from 2006–08.
Fountaine was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bayreuth in Germany during 2009-2010. She taught U.S. Constitutional Law and U.S. Common Law Methods to German law students. Also, in 2010, Fountaine worked with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative worked in Amman, Jordan, focusing on legal education reform.

She taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 1992–97, and during the 2005–06 academic year, she was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Prior to teaching, Fountaine practiced law at O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles, California, where she was a litigator.

Fountaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University Bloomington Kelley School of Business and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She is 2012 alumna of the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, and a 2015 participant in the Fulbright International Educational Administrators Program in France.

Fountaine focuses her teaching and scholarship on issues relating to the powers of government and access to justice, with particular emphasis on the federal courts' role in enforcing individual rights. In addition, her scholarship explores the lawyer's role in assuring effective representation and participation in the judicial system. Her areas of expertise include civil procedure, legal globalization, federal courts, civil rights, the jury process, complex litigation, and legal ethics.

Fountaine has been active in professional and community service as well. She serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and was a member of the Deans’ Advisory Committee to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. In addition, she is chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education, and chaired the Section’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award Subcommittee from 2013-2017. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. She has been active on various committees of the International Association of Law Schools, and a volunteer for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. She has served on the Law School Admission Council’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and the Committee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process. She has also served on various ABA committees, and is a Life Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Re-Entry Services, and been a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth. In addition, she served on the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Jackson County, Illinois Bar Association, is admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of California, and is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.