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The ARDC offices are temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff is working remotely. We remain available to assist lawyers and the public. 

Odyssey eFileIL Outage: Dec. 30, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

December 1, 2021

Odyssey eFileIL will be unavailable for filing documents with the ARDC beginning Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 12:00 PM CST through Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 1:00 PM CST.  All filers are strongly encouraged to eFile all documents due within this time frame prior to December 30, 2021, at 12:00 PM CST.  In the alternative and during this limited Odyssey eFileIL outage only, filers can file documents with the ARDC by submitting the documents through email to

Thinking about “retirement”? Explaining the differences between inactive vs. retired status

October 27, 2021

Whether it’s hitting the “pause” button or considering leaving the practice of law altogether, the pandemic has likely caused more lawyers to consider “retirement”.  Learn more about the differences between inactive and retired registration status.  Learn more

The “Of Counsel” Relationship: What it Means and Why it Matters

August 24, 2021

Defining the “of counsel” relationship and its ethical and risk management considerations.  Learn more.

Answering the Top 10 Questions About a Lawyer’s Duty to Report Misconduct

June 30, 2021

A lawyer’s duty to report another lawyer’s misconduct is perennially the top area of inquiry to the ARDC Ethics Inquiry Program.  Learn more about the duty to report and the answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions.  

ARDC Names Michelle M. Thome as the New Clerk of the ARDC

June 1, 2021

On June 1, 2021, Michelle M. Thome became the Clerk of the ARDC, following the retirement of her predecessor in that position, Kenneth G. Jablonski. Ms. Thome joined the ARDC in 1995 as an Assistant Clerk. In 2009 she was promoted to the position of Deputy Clerk, and in 2012 she became the agency’s Senior Deputy Clerk. She held that position for nine years before succeeding Mr. Jablonski.

Ms. Thome is an experienced records manager with deep knowledge of procedural rules relating to disciplinary cases. She is committed to maintaining the high level of service and efficiency for which the Clerk’s office became known during Mr. Jablonski’s 38-year tenure. Ms. Thome’s Senior Deputy is Andrea Watson, who previously held the position of Deputy Clerk.

Under Commission rules, the ARDC’s Clerk is the individual designated by the Administrator to receive and maintain records and evidence relating to proceedings before the Commission’s Hearing and Review Boards. The Clerk is neutral in all disciplinary matters and does not take case-specific direction from the Administrator. Ms. Thome’s contact information is:

Clerk, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
One Prudential Plaza
130 E. Randolph St., Ste. 800
Chicago, IL 60601-6219
Phone: (312) 565-2600