Early Bird Registration Ends 3/15 for 2023 Future Is Now: Legal Services Conference

The Future Is Now 2023

The opportunity to register for the Future Is Now: Legal Services conference at a discounted rate is ending soon.

Wednesday, March 15, is the final day to purchase tickets at the early bird rate of $30 per ticket. The price will increase to $50 per ticket beginning March 16.

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s seventh annual Future Is Now conference will be held virtually from 12 – 4:20 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 20.

The Future Is Now will explore the intersection of legal innovation and professionalism through the lens of delivering legal services to today’s consumers.

The conference will kick off with featured speaker Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis. Chief Justice Theis will be followed by TED-like talks and interactive town hall discussions from legal industry thought leaders who will cover topics including:

  • Building a Client-Centered Business Model. Mark Britton (Advisor to Clio, Clearbrief, and Tangibly; Founder of will discuss how to build a client-centered business model that enables attorneys to address the overwhelming number of legal problems that go unmet.
  • Developing Cultural Competency to Serve Clients. Nkoyo-Ene Effiong Lewis (Director of Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia) will speak to how lawyers can more effectively serve clients and build their practices by embracing cultural differences and increasing their cultural competency.
  • Advocating for Your Mental Health & Well-Being as an Attorney. Kara Hardin (Chief Executive Officer, The Practice Lab) will teach attorneys how to advocate for their mental health and well-being at work, why the “Performance Paradox” impedes legal practice, and how system-based interventions (like trauma-informed lawyering) can promote attorney wellness and overall success.
  • Civility in Legal Practice: Why it Matters. This panel discussion will focus on the theoretical, practical, and public implications of civility in the legal profession. The panel will include perspectives on navigating and responding to incivility from judges and practicing attorneys including:
    • Deborah Enix-Ross, President of the American Bar Association
    • Justice Sharon O. Johnson, Illinois First District Appellate Court
    • Nathan B. Hinch, transactional/litigation attorney at Meyer Capel in Bloomington, Ill.

The clock is ticking and space is limited. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the conversation.

Attendees are eligible to receive 4.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE credit and 1.0 hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE credit.

If you are a student or are in need of financial accommodation, please contact Chelsea Woodmansee at for a promotional code.

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