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COMING SOON, a new ARDC website!

During the week of August 9, 2021, the ARDC will debut it's new website at the same URL ( The new site will include information and searchable databases from the current site in a more intuitive and user-friendly format. Check back next week!

Please note that the new site will not work with Internet Explorer.

Illinois ARDC Statement on Racism

The ARDC’s Chicago and Springfield offices are currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Essential visitors will only be admitted by appointment. At this time, we can best assist you via telephone or email.

The general number for our Chicago office is (312) 565-2600. The general number for our Springfield office is (217) 546-3523.

General inquiries and ethics inquiries may be made by email to

Lawyer registration inquiries may be made by email to

To submit a Request for Investigation or a Client Protection claim, click the link below to access the desired form, and complete and email the document to

                                              Request for Investigation Form

                                              Client Protection Claim Form.

On May 26, 2021, the Chair of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission entered an order superseding previous pandemic-related orders for disciplinary proceedings. The May 26, 2021 order, which will remain in effect until further order of the Commission, provides:

                • effective June 1, 2021, in-person contested hearings may be conducted in the ARDC’s Springfield office within the discretion of the Hearing Panel Chair and subject to the agreement of both

                • all other proceedings, including uncontested hearings, contested hearings scheduled to take place in the ARDC’s Chicago office, prehearing conferences, oral arguments and discovery, shall be
                  conducted remotely; and

                • the Chair or Vice-Chair of the full Hearing Board shall hear any motion objecting to proceeding with a hearing remotely.

Our Ethical Obligations During The Coronavirus Shutdown

About the ARDC

The Supreme Court established the ARDC as administrative agency, effective February 1, 1973, and charged the agency with assisting the Court in the regulation of the legal profession in Illinois. In November 2017, upon recommendation of the ARDC, the Court adopted Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services. The Court’s objectives include protection of the public, advancement of the rule of law, access to justice and ethical delivery of legal services. For more information of those objectives, click here. The mission of the ARDC is to promote and protect the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution and remedial action. For more information on the ARDC Mission, click here.

Click here to contact the ARDC.

Click here to search for lawyers not currently authorized to practice due to recent status changes.

Click here to access the ARDC’s Intermediary Connecting Services Proposal.

Click here to access the Companion Materials for the Intermediary Connecting Services Proposal.


We are pleased to announce the Clerk’s Office of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission will begin accepting documents for filing before the Hearing Board and Review Board utilizing the new ARDC e-filing system – eFileIL supported by Tyler Technologies . E-filing documents before the Hearing Board and Review Board will take effect January 1, 2019, and is mandatory.

Click here   to review new Commission Rule 213 – Electronic Filing.

Click here  to review ARDC Electronic Filing Manual.


Effective January 1, 2020, all hearings will be video and audio recorded. The recordings are made for the purposes of security, training and monitoring of the hearings to ensure that all proceedings are conducted safely and in accordance with the Commission’s standards and policies. These recordings will not take the place of the current court reporter procedures, and are intended for internal use only, are not discoverable, and will not be made available to the parties or the public. The equipment will be turned on only when the Hearing Board Panel is in the room. It is set up to capture the podium, bench and witness stand, and is not aimed at counsel tables. The audio recording is done through the current microphone system, so discussions outside the range of the microphones will not be detectable.

The ARDC is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion. Click here for more information.

Click here to contact the ARDC.

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