The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that its annual Future Is Now: Legal Services conference will be held virtually on Thursday, April 18, 2024.
The eighth annual Future Is Now conference will explore how lawyers can navigate the technological, cultural, and client demands of today’s profession while adhering to ethical guidelines in the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Conference speakers will explore topics like navigating incivility in modern legal practice; how to use AI safely, securely, and ethically; practical approaches to improving attorney well-being; and perspectives on the status of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the legal sphere.
A full speaker and topic list will be announced in early 2024.
“The Future Is Now conference takes the Commission’s traditional in-person and online CLEs to the next level, offering valuable perspectives on the modern practice of law from prominent national speakers,” said Erika Harold, Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism. “Each year, we aim to cover issues that have direct application to daily legal practice, while anticipating future changes to inspire a dynamic and thriving legal profession.”
In 2023, more than 700 lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals registered for the Future Is Now. Attendees hailed from across Illinois, the U.S., and nine countries. They ranged from BigLaw practitioners to solo/small-firm attorneys and from judges to legal academics.
The Commission awarded 2,204 hours of professional responsibility CLE hours to attendees, including 551 CLE hours in diversity and inclusion and 551 CLE hours in mental health and substance abuse.
More than 90% of attendees said the Future Is Now offered a valuable learning experience and roughly 97% said they would consider attending the 2024 event.
Registration for the Future Is Now 2024 will open in early 2024. Sign up here to stay updated on speaker and registration information.
Attendees will be eligible to apply for professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois.
About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
The Illinois Supreme Court established the Commission on Professionalism under Supreme Court Rule 799 to promote integrity, professionalism, and civility among the lawyers and judges of Illinois, to foster a commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems, and to ensure those systems provide equitable, effective, and efficient resolution of problems for the people of Illinois.
The Commission achieves this mission through professional responsibility CLE, lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring, legal professionalism programming, educational resources, and more. To learn more, visit 2Civility.org and follow us on social media.
Laura Bagby, Communications Director