Benedict Schwarz, II
Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family
law for over 40 years. He is a long-time member and past director of the
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce
mediator; Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous divorce mediation training and
conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the
subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.
Mr. Schwarz has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers
Assistance Program (LAP). Further, he is a trained LAP intervenor. In
1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner
of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The ARDC
is an agency of the Illinois Supreme Court that is responsible for disciplinary
actions against attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois and also maintains
current records of registration of all attorneys practicing in Illinois.
The ARDC investigates allegations of misconduct by lawyers, and prosecutes
the cases where a lawyer’s misconduct suggests a threat to the public
or to the integrity of the legal profession. In 2001, Mr. Schwarz was
appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from Jan 2001 - Dec 2010;
the ARDC Commission consists of four licensed attorneys and three non-lawyers.
The Commissioners, who serve without compensation, establish ARDC policies,
appoint members of the ARDC Inquiry and Hearing Boards, and subject to
the approval of the Supreme Court of Illinois, appoint the Commission’s
Chief Executive Officer, and the Administrator. After serving out his
term as Chairperson, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Benedict to
sit on the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary
Commission from 1/1/2011 to present.
Mr. Schwarz is also active in the Kane County and Illinois State Bar Associations
where he has held several committee positions, including serving on the
Family Law Section Council, Child Support Sub-Committee and Domestic Violence
Task Force. He chaired the Kane County State’s Attorney Task Force
on Domestic Violence and the Kane County Batterer’s Task Force.
Admitted to the bar in 1971, Mr. Schwarz is a graduate of the John Marshall
Law School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s
degree in Social Psychology. Benedict has also had the honor of being
named one of Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Only 5% of
Illinois attorneys receive this honor each year. Martindale Hubbell, has
also rated Mr. Schwarz with their highest level of AV Preeminent 5.0 out
of 5 and he is also an Advanced Practitioner member of The Association
for Conflict Resolution.
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