Friday March 16, 2007 10:00 am



Larkin Named to Lead Lawyer Regulatory Agency



The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) today announced that Jerome E. Larkin has been appointed to serve as the new Administrator. The ARDC is the Illinois Supreme Court agency that regulates the legal profession in this state and investigates alleged wrongdoing by Illinois attorneys, holds hearings on specific charges, and recommends professional discipline where warranted. Illinois is recognized as having one of the finest and most accomplished lawyer regulatory agencies in the country.

The Illinois Supreme Court entered an order approving his appointment as the chief executive officer of the registration and disciplinary system. He takes office on Monday March 19, 2007.

Mr. Larkin, 55, is a graduate of Niles College and the Loyola University School of Law. After he was licensed to practice law in 1978, he joined the ARDC as staff counsel. He investigated, litigated and appealed countless attorney disciplinary cases. He later served as Senior ARDC Attorney, Chief Counsel in 1984, and then Assistant Administrator in 1986. He is a Past-President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators. In 2003, he received the ARDC’s 25 year leadership and service award. Recently, he won the NOBC President's Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lawyer regulation. Finally, he was given the Robert Bellarmine award for distinguished service to the Loyola Law Alumni Association.

The outgoing Administrator, Mary Robinson, said of the appointment:

“Jerry Larkin is a dedicated professional with decades of experience in the legal and administrative work of the ARDC.  I know that he will throw his full energies into assuring that the ARDC will remain effective in its task of lawyer regulation and responsive to the challenges inherent in the changing face of the profession.”


Attorney Benedict Schwarz II of West Dundee is the ARDC Chairman. Mr. Schwarz said of the appointment:

“Jerry has a wealth of experience and contacts in the lawyer discipline field, and he is the person most familiar with the administrative challenges of running the ARDC. We are proud and gratified to have someone of his ability at the helm.”


The Commission conducted a nationwide search of prospective candidates. ARDC Commissioner John R. Carroll of LaGrange, a non-lawyer, was the Chair of the search committee.

Mr. Larkin said of his appointment:

“I express my gratitude to the Commissioners and the members of the Supreme Court for their expression of confidence. I am privileged to continue to serve with talented and dedicated ARDC staff and board members. Mary Robinson's excellent 15 year service as Administrator leaves ARDC in particularly good stead. With the talent and contributions of newly appointed Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel Jim Grogan, we at ARDC will continue in the excellent traditions established by Mary and her predecessors.


Mr. Larkin is the fourth Administrator of the ARDC. He follows the late Carl H. Rolewick (1973-1988), John C. O’Malley (1988-1992) and Mary Robinson (1992-2007). Ms. Robinson retired after fifteen years of service in order to dedicate more time to the professional responsibility field. She will conduct programs and training and serve as an expert witness and an ethics consultant.

Mr. Larkin is a resident of Wilmette. He is married to Antoinette Krakowski, a clinical psychologist. The couple has two sons, Patrick and Matthew, both of whom attend New Trier High School.

The ARDC also appointed James J. Grogan to serve in a new capacity as both the Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel (DACC) of the agency. Mr. Grogan, 51, has worked for the ARDC since 1979, and currently serves as Chief Counsel. In his new position, Mr. Grogan will perform administrative services for the Commissioners, be involved with sanctioning and procedural decisions in disciplinary cases, be responsible for maintaining effective relations between the ARDC and the organized bar, coordinate the ARDC’s public outreach programs, and continue to manage media relations.

            Mr. Grogan has also investigated and tried countless discipline cases, arguing dozens of those cases in the Illinois Supreme Court.  He has appeared as a speaker on ethics and professional responsibility issues in hundreds of programs throughout Illinois and nationally, has had a significant role in the development of several versions of the rules of conduct that govern Illinois lawyers, and he is regularly consulted on professional responsibility issues by lawyers both within and outside the disciplinary field.  Mr. Grogan is a Past President of the NOBC. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Prosecution Ethics of the National College of District Attorneys. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has taught legal ethics at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he is an Adjunct Professor, and the DePaul University College of Law.

Mr. Grogan is a resident of Oak Park. He and his wife, Lynn, a registered nurse, have two college aged children, Kathleen and Conor.   

The ARDC is composed of seven members, three of whom are non-lawyers. Commissioners receive no compensation for their services. The Commissioners establish A.R.D.C. policies and appoint members of the A.R.D.C. Inquiry and Hearing Boards. More than one hundred full time employees and over one hundred lawyer and non-lawyer volunteers work for the A.R.D.C. All funds expended by the agency are from annual fees paid by Illinois attorneys. There are no tax dollars used to support the disciplinary system. Yearly fees are imposed on most Illinois lawyers to fund the ARDC. There are two A.R.D.C. offices: One Prudential Plaza in Chicago and the One North Old Capitol Plaza in Springfield.


For additional information, contact: 

Peter L. Rotskoff, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Springfield.

217-522-6838 or 1-800-252-8048