Registration Opens for The Future Is Now 2020 Conference

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for its fifth annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago.

The Future Is Now will feature 11 industry-leading speakers tackling pressing topics in the legal profession, the judiciary, and organizational leadership. In a series of TED-like talks and interactive townhall discussions, speakers will provide practical tips for improving the practice of law and discuss trends that are reshaping the profession.

For the first time, the 2020 conference will feature a keynote session that dives deeper into an issue with the potential to significantly impact the industry. In this session, Tim Eaton, Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, and Zack DeMeola, Manager at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, will join Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, to discuss the implications of recommended regulations of legal entities and reforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are being debated in Illinois, Utah, California, Arizona, and other states across the U.S.

“We’re thrilled to open registration for The Future Is Now 2020 and announce our speaker lineup,” said Reardon. “The conference continues to be a must-attend for legal and judicial professionals and entrepreneurs who seek to be more efficient, productive, and competitive in the changing legal landscape.”

The complete 2020 speaker roster includes:

  • Justice Robert R. Thomas, Illinois Supreme Court
  • Kimberly Bennett, Attorney + Founder, K Bennett Law LLC
  • Zack DeMeola, Manager, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
  • Tim Eaton, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Erin Gerstenzang, Founder, EHG Law Firm
  • Tiffany M. Graves, Pro Bono Counsel, Bradley
  • Charles R. Ireland, D.O., Physician, Physician Coach and Medical Director, Advocate Health Care
  • Caren E.I. Naidoff, Attorney, Shire Law Group, PC®
  • Patrick A. Palace, Owner, Palace Law,
  • Alan R. Press, Attorney and CPA, Shire Law Group, PC®
  • Diana Uchiyama, PsyD, Executive Director, Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Speaker talk titles and the conference schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Future Is Now is approved for 4.5 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois, including 0.5 hours of mental health and substance abuse CLE.

The early bird registration fee of $75 is valid until Friday, March 13. In addition, groups of four or more that register together will receive a 20% discount.

For additional information, visit the conference website or contact David Bell at In the meantime, get the conversation started on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn using hashtag #TheFutureIsNow.

About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 

The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 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 and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.


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