innovation

Innovation is More than Having an App

In the last of our conference preview blogs, I highlight two of our speakers who will expand our thinking about the meaning of innovation. When we talk about innovations in law, many of us go right to technology.  The advice…
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How to Close the Access to Justice Gap?

Do most people in this country believe the words of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance?  Does our republic truly stand for “liberty and justice for all”? The gap between the words of our Pledge of Allegiance and the experience of…
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future law legal profession path

The Path Forward Begins with Engagement

Who gets the benefit of the doubt?  Too often it has been those who look or act like those in power.  This is an unproductive paradigm that we cannot afford to hold up in the legal profession any longer. The…
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seek answers

Seek Answers in an Ever-Changing Profession

The advancement of legal technology and artificial intelligence is changing the nature of our work. And the pace of this technological progress is not slowing down. It’s merely the beginning of a technological revolution.   As our world is changing, lawyers are adapting. They are forming task forces, launching start-ups, developing apps, and participating…
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mindset

Why a Growth Mindset Matters for the Oscars and the Law

There’s an interesting controversy that you may have missed on Sunday’s Oscars. It has to do with streaming v. theater releases. On one side is a very deep-pocketed Netflix that continues churning out streaming movie after streaming movie, spending billions…
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future law legal profession path

Interest in Future Law Grows: The Future Is Now 2.018

Our future law conference is back! Every year, interest in future law topics grows. The number of legal tech start-ups continues to increase. Developments in technology enable more efficient work. And we are not just talking about speeding up the…
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legal profession

Forward Looking Legal Profession: Reality or Oxymoron?

“The future may be unknowable, but it’s not unthinkable.” That line from the introduction to Bruce MacEwen’s book Tomorrowland: Scenarios for law firms beyond the horizon really stuck with me. As lawyers, we should think about what is coming around…
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competency-based CLE

Competency-Based CLE: Has the Time Come?

“Time is a very poor proxy for learning.” That statement at our Futures Conference a couple months back by Darth Vaughn, a California lawyer and principal of technology assessment and learning company Procertas, really resonated with me. Darth was advocating…
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2Civility Media

Millennial Lawyers Are Fast Adapters, Not Digital Natives

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism held The Future Is Now 2.017 conference on Thursday, May 18, at the Art Institute in Chicago. The conference was dedicated to understanding the changes millennial lawyers, like myself, will have to make…
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