The Future Is Now 2.016

The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016 was a TED-like conference for lawyers. It featured eight talks delivered by leaders and innovators in the legal profession. These provocative and engaging talks underscored the need to deliver legal services in new ways and showcased how innovations were already making a difference in services.

Our speakers came from across the country. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, regulators, and professors gathered on the stage to talk about where our legal profession is heading, and how we all can lead the ongoing transformation.

Speakers highlighted a call to action on the access to justice problem, particularly the vast unmet civil legal needs of citizens and on the injustices in the criminal justice system, particularly sentencing guidelines. Speakers shared how firms or organizations are delivering legal services more efficiently through the use of technology. Speakers introduced regulatory changes that allow a new limited licensed lawyer to practice in Washington State and the idea of proactive rather than reactive regulation of lawyers.

In conclusion, we were reminded that professionalism principles are the bedrock of the legal system and propel us to develop better ways to serve our clients and society.

After hearing the impressive speakers and having the chance to discuss these issues in your town hall meetings, I hope you are feeling optimistic about the profession’s future. Your presence here today indicates that you too are forward looking and willing to address and take on the challenges we face for the profession in the future.

~Chief Justice Rita B. Garman



Check out the videos of these thought-provoking talks on innovations in the delivery of legal services. Share them with your colleagues. Let’s continue to foster learning, inspiration and conversations that matter.

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