The Supreme Court of Illinois appoints the 9 members of the MCLE Board. The members are volunteers and include attorneys of varied backgrounds from around the state; one non-attorney with experience in designing professional development opportunities for educators, and a Circuit Court judge.
A founding shareholder of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Patrick Mathis focuses his practice in business law, taxation, estate planning and banking.
With more than 35 years’ experience, Pat has an extensive background in providing legal counsel related to business mergers, sales and acquisitions, shareholder litigation, trusts and wills, probate, federal and state tax audits and appeals, Tax Court litigation and criminal tax defense. He has provided a full range of legal services to clients in the Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metropolitan areas for more than three decades.
Pat has been active in legal continuing education for more than 25 years having served as an author, speaker and as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has written several definitive articles in his areas of practice. He has held leadership positions on taxation sections and committees for the American Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association and has lectured extensively for both. He is also a member of the Missouri Bar Association, St. Clair County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Pat is involved in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, Southern Illinois District; the Board of Trustees for Illinois College of Jacksonville; the board of the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation; on the board of directors of Camp Ondessonk of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville; and as a Southern Illinois University Foundation Planned Giving Council member. He has also served on the boards of the St. Clair County Greenspace Foundation, Signal Hill Neighborhood Association, Signal Hill Education Foundation and Signal Hill School District. Pat has also served on Special Children, Inc.’s Finance Committee for Mamie O. Stookey School and as chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Clair County’s Annual Fund Drive. He is very involved in Blessed Sacrament Parish, having served in various roles, including as parish council president, Finance and Parish Council member, and Parish School of Religion teacher. Pat is also currently a member of the Missouri Athletic Club, St. Clair Country Club, Alpha Sigma Nu and Eta Sigma Phi.
Mike Cetina has practiced law for over 30 years. He has been a strong advocate for individuals who died or suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the negligence, neglect or wrongful conduct of others. A partner with Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, he began his career trying felony and misdemeanor cases as a DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney. He entered private practice as an insurance defense attorney for a 300+attorney firm in Chicago where he gained valuable insight into the operations and litigation approach of insurance companies. Since 1990, he has concentrated his practice in medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, motor vehicle & trucking collisions, institutional sexual assault and slip & fall cases, securing multiple millions in settlements and jury verdicts for his clients.
Mike has contributed to his profession through bar association involvement, teaching and writing. He currently serves on the judiciary committee for the DuPage County Bar Association, is the past Chair of the Civil Law and Practice Committee for the DCBA and has taught at the multi-week trial advocacy program sponsored by the DCBA. He is on the Board of Governors for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a speaker at numerous Bar Association and ITLA seminars and has authored several articles. He was a founding member of the Robert E. Jones Inn of Court and served as the Vice President. In recognition of his skills, he was trial attorney of the year in the DuPage State’s Attorney’s office and, based on reviews by his peers, he has been awarded an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Mike’s community involvement includes teaching at the College of DuPage as an Adjunct Professor and an invited lecturer at Benedictine University, volunteering for CASA of DuPage, coaching various sports through the Wheaton Park District, coaching football in Wheaton for 16 years and serving on the Board for Wheaton football.
A law graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Mike earned his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Tammy, and four children.
Susan F. Hutchinson was born on April 1, 1950, in Monmouth. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Quincy University in 1971 and her J.D. degree from DePaul University School of Law in 1977. She served as an Assistant State's Attorney in McHenry County (1977-81) and a Judge in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit (1981-94). In November 1994, she was elected as a Judge in the Appellate Court, Second District. Judge Hutchinson is a member of the Youth Service Bureau of McHenry County, the McHenry County and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, the Illinois Judges' Association, the National Association of Women Judges and the Illinois Council of Juvenile and Family Judges. She is married to Steven McArdle and they have one son, Lee.
Justice Stuart Palmer joined the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1994, served in the Criminal Division and was a supervising judge there until 2005. He then moved to the Chancery Division and presided over a call of complex civil matters until 2012. In January 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court assigned him to the Appellate Court, where he served until his retirement from the bench in 2016. He is currently assisting parties as a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS in Chicago.
Justice Palmer has frequently served as a lecturer and faculty member for judicial education seminars as well as various CLE programs. He also has taught trial advocacy at DePaul College of Law and is a frequent guest lecturer at local area law schools. Justice Palmer has served on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Education, where he was Chair of the Criminal Law Benchbook Committee. He has also served on the Special Supreme Court Committee on Capital Cases and on the faculty for that committee’s capital case training seminars, as well as the Legislation Committee, the Special Committee on Courthouse Security, and the Committee on Evidence. Judge Palmer is also a Science and Technology Fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR) and was awarded a Diploma of Judicial Skills from the American Academy of Judicial Education. Prior to his retirement from the bench he was a member of the American College of Business Court Judges. Justice Palmer is also a commission member of the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission and a member of the MCLE Board.
Prior to his judicial career, Justice Palmer worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, serving as a felony trial assistant. He also worked in private practice concentrating on civil and criminal litigation prior to taking the bench. During that time he also served as a hearing officer for the Illinois State Police Merit Board.
Justice Palmer received his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Illinois, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1979.
David G. Penn is a partner at Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP. David concentrates his practice in the areas of education, labor and employment law, and related litigation. He is the current chair of the SRNM Education Law Group. He advises public school districts, community college and higher education clients in all aspects of education law. He specializes in collective bargaining and special education related issues. David advises many of the firm’s clients regarding employment, labor and personnel matters. He further represents these clients in various employment-related litigation matters including discrimination, termination and collective bargaining matters. In addition to practicing, David is a regular presenter on a variety of employment law topics and provides personalized training for businesses, school districts and government agencies.
Prior to joining Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP, David practiced at the insurance defense litigation firm of Bullaro, Carton & Stone in Chicago. Further, he was an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office, where he handled and tried all types of traffic and criminal cases, including DUIs, domestic violence cases, misdemeanors and felonies.
David graduated in 1991 from Boston College, magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. He graduated 1994 from Boston College Law School, cum laude. He is currently licensed in the States of Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts in the Northern and Central Districts in Illinois and the Eastern District in Missouri.
As Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism, Jayne develops and coordinates programs that increase the professionalism and well-being of attorneys, creating more opportunities for inclusiveness and promoting the administration of justice. The role provides her with opportunities to collaborate with representatives of bar associations, law schools, legal and civic organizations regarding professionalism outreach programs and initiatives. She is responsible for the development of a statewide lawyer mentoring program and for promoting professional responsibility educational programs that result in changed attorney behavior, which is the overall mission of the Commission.
Jayne’s success in increasing professionalism in the state can be credited to her nearly thirty years as a practicing lawyer, during which she gained knowledge of various practice settings and the ability to relate to a wide variety of lawyers. As counsel to the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for more than a decade, she gained knowledge of ethical and disciplinary matters involving attorneys, which she draws upon when developing professionalism programs. Jayne’s extensive trial and civil litigation practice at the law firms of Kelley Drye & Warren and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon (now known as Edwards, Wildman Palmer) provided her with first-hand understanding of the challenges facing attorneys in both large and small firms. Her expertise in firm management issues such as recruiting, diversity, and continuing legal education serves as the basis for many of the Commission’s programs and initiatives. Jayne is a frequent and motivational speaker and presenter of programs on the work of the Commission and the challenges facing the legal profession.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame, Jayne is active in numerous bar and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, the ABA Consortium of Professionalism Initiatives, the National Lawyer Mentoring Consortium Steering Committee, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Association.
Lloyd A. Karmeier was born January 12, 1940, in rural Washington County, where he attended a one-room grade school and graduated as valedictorian in 1958 from Okawville Community High School. He received his B.S. degree in 1962 and his J.D. degree in 1964, both from the University of Illinois.
Justice Karmeier clerked for former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Byron O. House from 1964 to 1968, served as state’s attorney of Washington County from 1968 to 1972, and clerked for former U.S. District Court Judge James L. Foreman from 1972 to 1973. He was engaged in the general practice of law with the firm of Hohlt, House, DeMoss & Johnson from 1964 to 1986. He was resident Circuit Judge of Washington County from 1986 to 2004, when he was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Justice Karmeier is a member of the Illinois Judges' Association, the Washington County, St. Clair County, East St. Louis and Illinois State Bar Associations, and past member of the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. He served as a member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association from 1996 to 2002, and as chair of the Bench and Bar Section Council. He also served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, chairing the committee from 2003 to 2004. He is a member of the Southern Illinois American Inn of Court and served as President of the Executive Committee from 2003 to 2007. Justice Karmeier and his wife, Mary, reside in Nashville, Illinois. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Board service 2005-2014
Board chair 2005-2012
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel
Board service 2005-2011
Board treasurer 2005-2011
Hon. Diana L. Embil
Board service 2005-2013
Board secretary 2005-2013
Paula H. Holderman
Board service 2012-2017
Board treasurer 2016-2017
Patrick M. Kinnally
Board service 2005-2015
Board chair 2013-2015
John G. O'Brien
Board service 2005-2016
Board secretary 2014-2016
James A. Rapp
Board service 2005-2018
Board chair 2016-2018
George R. Ripplinger
Board service 2005-2015
Board treasurer 2011-2015
Board service 2005-2012
Board service 2005-2014
Board secretary 2013-2014