Directors and Staff

Karen Litscher Johnson, Director

As the first Director of the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Karen Litscher Johnson works under the direction of the Court and the MCLE Board to conduct the Board’s operations. Her experience includes six years as National Director of Professional Development for DLA Piper where she planned and managed the firm’s attorney education programs, including MCLE accreditation, for all of its U.S. offices. Before joining DLA Piper, Ms. Johnson was a Litigation Partner with a mid-sized Chicago law firm, Much Shelist, P.C. She handled commercial disputes with an emphasis on employment and environmental matters, including trial and appellate work.


Ms. Johnson received her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Phi Beta Kappa. She was a founding member and Chair of the Chicago-Area Professional Development Consortium, a group of attorney education professionals at law firms, government offices and bar associations. She also served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (“YLS”). During eight years in bar leadership, she planned dozens of CLE courses and organized many public and bar service projects. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Johnson was a radio reporter and anchor in Madison, Wisconsin.

Richard Palmer, Deputy Director

Richard Palmer began as Deputy Director of the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois in July, 2006. Prior to his employment at the MCLE Board, Mr. Palmer was a Partner and Director of Professional Development at the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, where he served as the firm's first Director of Professional Responsibility for seven years. Mr. Palmer created and administered the firm's professional development programs. As a Litigation Partner for 12 years, Mr. Palmer handled complex litigation matters representing primarily pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural products manufacturers.


Mr. Palmer received his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law. After law school he served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Nicholas J. Bua of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Mr. Palmer served as a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Membership Committee of the Professional Development Consortium (PDC). Mr. Palmer was also a founding member and Chair of the Chicago-Area Professional Development Consortium.

Staff

Drinald Bilcari, J.D., Staff Member

Susan Doran, Administrative Assistant

Brian Gilhooly, Operations Analyst

Jan Greszta, Project Coordinator

Tina Larson, Accounting Administrator

Christina Pusemp, Manager - Attorney Compliance and Outreach

Jeremy Tyree, Project Specialist

Resa Welch, Manager - Provider Compliance and Outreach


News
Upcoming Compliance and Reporting Deadlines, Attorneys with last names N-Z

Attorneys in the N-Z compliance group need to complete their credits or be entitled to claim a valid exemption by June 30, 2013. Those attorneys need to report to the MCLE Board by July 31, 2013 ...

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Attorneys need to track their CLE credits

To prove compliance with the MCLE requirements, each attorney needs to do these four things ...

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Newly-admitted attorneys have special CLE requirements

Newly-admitted attorneys must complete special CLE requirements within a year of being admitted to the Illinois bar ...

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Free or low cost CLE courses

Many course providers offer free or low cost CLE courses. Attorneys can search on the Find A Course or Provider page of this website ...

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Courses and Activities that qualify for CLE credit

The MCLE Rules specify a wide variety of ways to earn CLE credit, giving attorney great flexibility ...

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