Michelle Obama Court Ordered To “Inactive Status” In 1993?

Did you know that the “distinguished lawyer”, Michelle Obama has been inactive since 1993? And that it may not have been her choice?

Michelle Obama was apparently court ordered to inactive status by the ARDC in 1993, after only four years of practicing law.  Why?

Here’s the Attorney’s Registration and Public Disciplinary Record.


This page seems to have been scrubbed, but note that the screenshot says, No malpractice report required as attorney is on court ordered inactive status.

You can see other references to it here (last comment), here. And The Freepers had this back in October. Somehow I missed it.

The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission is “an agency of the Illinois Supreme Court, is responsible for maintaining current records of registration and discipline information for lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois, investigating allegations of misconduct by lawyers, and prosecuting the cases where a lawyer’s misconduct suggests a threat to the public or to the integrity of the legal profession”.

I wonder what she did?


The probable explanation, as offered by the legendary Wickedpinto, in the comments – Non payment of dues. In late 1992 she left her job at Sidley Austin to became an assistant to Mayor Daley and then became Executive Director for the Chicago office  of Public Allies, a community activist group.


A reader brought this to my attention, from the ARDC Website, which I believe clears things up:

Prior to November 1, 1999, former Supreme Court Rule 770 provided for a proceeding in the Court for any voluntary transfer to inactive status, whether because of some incapacitating condition or solely as a matter of the lawyer’s preference because the lawyer would not be practicing law.

The current registration rules provide a procedure for lawyers on Court-ordered inactive status under former Supreme Court Rule 770 who might wish to register.  Whatever registration status the lawyer wishes to assume (active, inactive, or retired), the lawyer must first file a motion with the Supreme Court for restoration to active status under Rule 759. The motion process is necessary to screen for those who transferred due to circumstances that require some review of present fitness, and the motions will be contested only in such cases. In all other cases, the ARDC will consent to the transfer, and when a consent is submitted, the Supreme Court typically allows the motion within a few weeks of when it is filed.

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs


More on that fishy Obama/Resko  land deal….apparently an attorney for  Tony Rezko is listed as the owner and taxpayer for Barack Obama’s Chicago mansion. With Fitzgerald’s renewed interest in this case, things could get a little dicey for Obama, (as they should have, long before now).