The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.018


We invite lawyers and others in the law to join us at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s third annual conference: The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.018.  Our aim is to foster learning, inspiration, and conversations about innovations in the delivery of legal services.

When:  Wednesday May 2, 2018  | Program 10:00 am – 4:45 pm | Reception 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Where:  Venue SIX10 |  610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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 will present a series of compelling TED-like talks about where our profession is headed. Based on feedback from the last two conferences, 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 our first two years, The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016 and 2.017.


The Future Is Now 2.018 features 10 speakers from across the country. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, and innovators will gather 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.

Town Halls

Town hall discussions are interspersed between paired talks. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and comment on the topics addressed at the program. Questions and comments are presented either from the microphones or by using our 2Civility mobile app.

Jayne Reardon, Executive Director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and Mark Palmer, Professionalism Counsel for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will be the town hall moderators.

We’ve designed the conference so that the conversation will continue at breaks, over lunch, during the reception, and even after the program ends.


The Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will open the conference speaking about the dire need for innovative thinking, and how doing law differently can better serve members of the public and our profession.


The conference registration fee is $75. Lunch and refreshments are included. We do not refund cancellations. We will accept substitutions. Please let Lindsay Shaw know by email, if you wish to transfer your registration to another person.  We expect this event will be filled to capacity.



The conference is approved for 5.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois. This includes 0.5 hours of diversity and inclusion CLE. Conference feedback forms and certificates of attendance for CLE credit are sent to participants via email after the conference.

Mobile App

We are excited to share our free mobile app featuring The Future Is Now 2.018 conference. From your mobile device, install the 2Civility App from Google Play or Apple App. With this app, conference participants will be able to submit questions to the speakers, download educational materials, connect with social media, and more.


Wondering about something that you cannot find on this page? Please email Lindsay Shaw or call her at 312.363.6210.  She will be happy to answer your questions.

The Future Is Now 2.018