Join us! The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017 conference, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the American Bar Association Center for Innovation and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, will bring together lawyers and others in the law to discuss innovations in the delivery of legal services. Our aim is to foster learning, inspiration and conversations that matter.

When:  Thursday May 18, 2017  | 10:00 am. to 3:30 pm.

Where: Art Institute Rubloff Auditorium  |  230 S Columbus Drive  Chicago  IL 60603

New Normal of Legal Services

The ways in which legal services are delivered are evolving rapidly. Technology is providing new ways of communicating, collaborating, and organizing our work, highlighting the shortcomings of the traditional model that fail to meet the needs of a significant portion of society. Many people seek legal representation on friendlier terms – other than the typical in-person model. Alternatives are readily available, fueled in large part by advanced technology. In addition, those without JDs increasingly operate in the space that previously was the exclusive province of lawyers.

Clearly, there’s a new normal in our profession. To adapt and thrive, we need to think like true innovators. Many are in agreement that the more efficient delivery of legal services is a win-win for everyone – attorneys and clients alike. How we get there is the topic of this critical industry conference.

Defining the Path

During this essential and insightful forum, experts will present a series of compelling talks about where our profession is headed. Based on feedback from last year’s inaugural conference, this conference will have expanded opportunities for participants to question, comment, and react to the speakers’ talks. There is not a single path forward.  We should be involved in innovative and alternative solutions that will be good for our lawyers, our clients, and society. Check out the talks from The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016


The Future Is Now brings together speakers from across the country. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, professors, gather on the stage to talk about alternative legal landscapes, justice through technology, preventative lawyering, blueprints for change, and more . We are excited to announce our speakers for 2017.

Talks and Town Hall Discussions

The thought-provoking TED-like talks include:

Town hall discussions with the speakers are scheduled throughout the day.  Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions, react to, and make comments about the topics addressed in the speakers’ talks. The conversation will continue at breaks during the day and over lunch.

CLE and Registration

The conference is approved for 5.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois.

The registration fee is $75 and includes a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. We do not refund cancellations. We will accept substitutions.



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