On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois reinstated attorney Daniel Cass Mills from the practice of law after his prior suspension for using cocaine and cannabis. The case is entitled “In the matter of Daniel Cass Mills” with case no. 31068.

In 2009, attorney Mills was suspended for two years for engaging in the criminal acts of possessing and using illegal substances such as cocaine and cannabis. While employed as an assistant state’s attorney, the petitioner purchased the said substance on multiple occasions. He then admitted the drug offense and recognizes that they were grave misconduct that harmed the State’s Attorney’s office and the legal profession. He was given immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation in prosecuting other individuals.

The filing states:

“Petitioner admits he knew while he was using cocaine and cannabis that his conduct was illegal, immoral, and wrong” He takes full responsibility for his actions. Petitioner acknowledges that he was not cooperative during his disciplinary hearing because he was arrogant, defensive, and “didn’t get it.” He had not yet come to accept that his disciplinary matter was the result of his own “terrible decisions.” He now realizes that his conduct harmed the State’s Attorney’s office and the legal profession, and he believes the Hearing Board was correct in its recommendation of discipline.”

The board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission later on in its report and recommendation on December 2, 2022, granted the petition for reinstatement of attorney Mills. According to the board, his attitude and perspective have changed significantly since his disciplinary hearing. Moreover, the board emphasized that the petitioner genuinely accepted and understands the nature and seriousness of his misconduct. In light of the foregoing matter, the administrator did not oppose the petition for reinstatement but requested the court that the petitioner be required to comply with certain conditions.

Some of the said conditions are his compliance with the Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Admission and Discipline of attorneys, MCLE requirements, submission of quarterly reports to the commission and probation officer, abstention from using alcohol, cannabis, and unprescribed controlled substance, submission to random drug testing, engagement in individual therapy, and continuance of his psychiatric treatment.

The ordern states:

“Motion by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to approve and confirm the report and recommendation of the Hearing Board. Allowed. Petitioner Daniel Cass Mills is reinstated to the practice of law in the State of Ilinois pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 767, subject to the following conditions, which shall remain in effect for the first two (2) years following the entry of the Courť’s final order.”

Mr. Mills is licensed to practice law in Illinois. After receiving his license, he worked for the Illinois Attorney General for three years. He then worked for a short time for Hinshaw & Culbertson.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.