Commission Announces “Future Is Now” Conference

Future Is NowThe Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism announced a partnership with the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association last month, which will bring hundreds of forward-thinking legal professionals together under one roof for a town hall meeting. On April 6, 2016, lawyers will pack the Chase Bank Auditorium for TheFuture Is Now: Legal Services 2.016to discuss the future of the legal profession as its relevancy continues to decline.

Fueled in large part by technology, alternatives to the traditional form of legal representation are rapidly developing, and to survive, the profession is coming together to devise a plan of attack.

The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.016 will feature several of the industry’s leading innovators, including the General Counsel of Legal Zoom and many more. Each will give a TED-like talk that explores ideas such as improving access to legal representation, understanding legal services provided by those without J.D.’s, and incorporating the use of technology into one’s practice.

Technology is rapidly changing the way lawyers practice and introducing new competition to the legal marketplace, said ISBA President Umberto S. Davi. This conference will help attorneys understand how to adapt and best serve clients in this time of change.

This free legal conference will take place on April 6, 2016 from 2-5:15pm with a reception to follow at the Chase Bank Auditorium located on 10 S. Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois. Registration is currently available, but seating is limited.

All attendees of The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016 are also eligible to receive three hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois.

The Future Is Now is creating a much-needed dialogue in the legal profession, said Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County Hon. Debra Walker. The event allows lawyers to share their own individual perspectives and experiences in order to create a suitable plan of action that addresses the ever-changing practice of law.

To join in on the conversation, and learn more about conference, speakers, and registration, please visit The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016.

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About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

The Commission on Professionalism was established by the Illinois Supreme Court in September 2005 to foster increased civility, professionalism and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in the State of Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers, we work to better serve clients and society alike. These duties we uphold are defined under Supreme Court Rule 799(c). For more information, please visit, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s website.

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