Lawyers, judges and others in the law to joined together on May 2, 2018 at Venue SIX10 for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s third annual conference: The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.018. Our aim was to foster learning, inspiration, and conversations about innovations in the delivery of legal services.
New Normal of Legal Services
It is no secret that the legal profession is not serving a large portion of society. However, the delivery of legal services is evolving rapidly to try and meet this need. Technology is providing new ways of communicating, collaborating, and organizing our work to better serve clients, the profession, and ourselves. Nowadays, many people seek legal representation in other ways besides 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.
There is 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 – lawyers 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 presented a series of compelling TED-like talks about where our profession is headed. Based on feedback from the last two conferences, this conference had expanded opportunities for participants to question, comment, and react to the speakers’ talks. We discussed that there is not a single path forward and we examined innovative and alternative solutions that will be good for our lawyers, our clients, and society.
The Future Is Now 2.018 featured 10 speakers from across the country. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, and innovators gathered to discuss the practicality of artificial intelligence, legal research algorithms, retaining diverse talent, the ethical obligations of data analytics, equal justice as a bi-partisan issue, criminal justice reform, and much more.