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).

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

  1. get over it – after 8 years of living with criminals who have literally taken down the world’s financial markets & invaced a sovereign country with lies (killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, who tortured many innocent people , outed a CIA agent and had over 800 “signing statements” – it’ll take generations (hopefully never) to have such rotten evil people in charge of running this country.

    it’s nice you still want that ilk running things but no one else does – so as I said…..get over it!


  2. You have everything completely backwards, or grossly distorted.

    I wonder what it’s like to be so confused. I guess it makes you vote for a guy who really is thoroughly corrupt, and does have the totalitarian instincts, you fear.


  3. Deb,
    What ever turns up wih Obama and his wife (Esquire), will be Bush’s fault. George Bush will be blamed for the next 8 years…for everything. If Obama or his wife, happen to turn up in some State or Federal investigation….the Dems will say it has something to do with GW. These supporters of Obama (poor bastards) will absolutly blame the GW administration for all things gone wrong for the next 8 years. The writer (rhettab) proves my point.
    “after 8 years of living with criminals who have literally taken down the world’s financial markets & invaced a sovereign country with lies (killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, who tortured many innocent people” What a sorry Sap.
    He should be thanking his lucky stars, and the GW Administration, that he is alive and able to write his stupid and ignorant post.
    He won’t, the dumbass will continue to be blind.


  4. I read your blog daily Deb, you are right on the money on about everything. It was all GWB’s fault while he was in office, now it will STILL be his fault after he leaves, the media will see to it, at least for the next four years. As for that loser lefty rhettab troll, why don’t you come back and discuss more of this with us you useless POS. Pull your head out of the sand just for long enough to take a real look at the facts.


  5. first, rhettab, is an idiot in both their ad-hominem and willingness to blame everything on bush while absolving Obama, and Obama LLC.

    Second, Geller, in that post, was like a man wearing a kindling robe, with a gasoline aftershave trying to put out a fire.

    She overreacted. Another reason for suspension is non-payment of dues, and she was no longer practicing law at the time of the suspension, so she was suspended for non-payment of dues. She had moved from active lawyer, to consultant and Community activism.

    Read the updates to Pam’s own post.


  6. Th actual reason is that, back before 1999, there was a provision to move to inactive status that required making a motion before the court. That rule was changed in 2000, but was clearly in effect when Michelle Obama invoked the rule.

    See http://www.iardc.org/rule770inactivestatus.html

    It took me all of 15 minutes to find this, yet this story is being spread around across the blogosphere with no one bothering to check into it.


  7. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Barack Obama’s record – on that same website – makes no mention whatsoever of him having been “court ordered” not to practice.


  8. Whatever the reason, innocent or not, she certainly wasted a lot of someone else’s money to get that law degree before abandoning it. I guess Barack was rich enough to suit her, so she didn’t need it any longer.


  9. Pingback: Michelle Obama … What’s the Deal With Your Doggone Law License? « Arlenearmy’s Blog

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