2005 Annual Report of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary
filed with the Supreme Court on April 28, 2006
(Click on blue links below to go to related section of the Annual Report.)
• 80,041 lawyers were registered as of October 31, 2005, reflecting a 2.5% increase over
2004, returning to a ratio of growth not seen since 1998.
• ARDC docketed 6,082 investigations involving 4,163 Illinois lawyers (about 5% of
registered lawyers) and concluded 6,185 investigations, nearly 6% of which were made
part of formal charges.
Hearing Board Activity
• The Administrator filed formal complaints against 128 attorneys and the Hearing
Board terminated proceedings on the same number of complaints.
Review Board Activity
• The Review Board decided 47 appeals, cutting its docket of pending cases in half, from
38 to 19.
• The Supreme Court imposed a record number 167 sanctions (74 by consent) against
165 attorneys, surpassing the record 149 set in 2004.
• The Supreme Court established the Commission on Professionalism and appointed
members to the Commission and its executive director.
• The Supreme Court added Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements for
active status lawyers and appointed a MCLE board and approved the board’s
appointment of its executive director.
• ARDC adopted policies on board member recusal and on restrictions on the
involvement of a board member as counsel or a witness in a disciplinary proceeding;
and amended discovery rules to clarify the applicability of the work product privilege
and to require additional witness disclosures.
ARDC Web Site
• Beginning with 2006 registration, attorneys were able to register and make registration
changes online. ARDC website also offers searchable databases of Illinois lawyers
and disciplinary decisions, attracting up to 60,000 visitors per month.
Client Protection Program
• The Client Protection Progr