The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that judicial education credit is available to Illinois judges attending the annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held virtually April 27-29, from 12 – 2 p.m. CDT on The Future Is Now website at thefutureisnow.2civility.org.
The Future Is Now has been approved for up to 4.5 hours of external professional responsibility judicial education credit, per the Comprehensive Education Plan for Illinois Judges. These hours include:
- 1.5 hours of diversity and inclusion credit
- 1.5 hours of judicial wellness credit
- 1.5 hours of professionalism credit
(Please note: Judges may only receive a total of 6 hours of credit per reporting period from providers other than the Illinois Judicial College.)
Developed by the Commission on Professionalism, The Future Is Now will bring together judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals from across the globe to explore topics that will impact the future of the judiciary and the legal profession.
Each day will feature talks from judicial and legal leaders and interactive town hall sessions covering subjects including future law, well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke, Justice Mary Jane Theis, and Illinois Courts Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Deanie Brown will speak at the event. A full speaker lineup and agenda can be found here.
“The Future Is Now will provide judges a chance to take a step back and consider the challenges and opportunities facing our legal system,” said Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism. “We encourage judges across Illinois to take advantage of this occasion to interact with other judges and lawyers while exploring these issues firsthand.”
A “Continue the Conversation” series will be held each day after the conference, providing attendees the option to turn on their cameras and microphones and discuss the topics of the day with Commission staff and fellow participants.
Single-day registration is available for $25. Registration for the full three days is available for the reduced rate of $50. Attendees will be provided information about accessing the conference platform next week.
A judicial education credit email will be shared with attendees following the event. Illinois judges seeking credit will be asked to complete a survey that confirms their attendance. Attendance will be reported to the Judicial Education Division of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts.
Register here: thefutureisnow.2civility.org/registration-2021/.
About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism, and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission on Professionalism works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit 2Civility.org and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.
Laura Bagby, Communications Director