The Future Is Now 2.019

The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.019 is a TED-like conference that brings together lawyers and other legal professionals to discuss innovations in the delivery of legal services. The Future Is Now fosters learning, inspiration, and conversations that matter. The 2019 theme is The Rule of Law Amid Change.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019

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

The conference is approved for 5.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois, including .5 hours of diversity and inclusion CLE.

Early bird registration is open!

New Normal of Legal Services

The delivery of legal services is evolving rapidly. Technology is providing new ways to communicate, collaborate, and organize our work. However, implementation is uncovering ethical challenges.

Traditional legal service models fail to meet the needs of a significant portion of our society. In addition, technologists and others without JDs increasingly operate in a space that was previously 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 agree that efficient delivery of legal services is a win-win for everyone – attorneys and clients alike. But how do we get there while upholding the core values of our profession?

The Rule of Law Amid Change

The Rule of Law is a principle of governance that includes equality, accountability, accessibility, and transparency. Adhering to the Rule of Law is essential despite, or perhaps because of, the new normal playing out in our profession.

The Future Is Now will feature compelling talks on embracing and promoting the Rule of Law amid industry change. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, and professors from across the country will present on topics like evolving alternative legal landscapes, access to justice innovation, legal technology, blueprints for change, and more.

Town hall discussions will be scheduled throughout the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to ask speakers questions and react to topics through The Future Is Now conference app.

In our evolving legal landscape there isn’t just one path forward. We must all engage in innovative and alternative solutions that will benefit the profession, our clients, and society alike.


Additional speakers and presentation topics will be added soon.

Gyi Tsakalakis

Gyi Tsakalakis is founder and president of AttorneySync, a digital marketing agency targeted to lawyers. As a non-practicing lawyer, Gyi is familiar with the unique considerations of ethically and effectively marketing a law practice online. He founded AttorneySync to provide…
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Rich Lee

Rich Lee is general counsel at Civis Analytics, one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Chicago. In his role, Rich leads all legal, cybersecurity, data privacy, and compliance initiatives. He has helped guide the company through over 400% growth and…
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Blake D. Morant

Blake D. Morant is dean and Robert Kramer research professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. Prior to assuming the deanship, he was dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law. Blake has held national leadership positions…
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MJ Cartwright

MJ Cartwright is the CEO of Court Innovations. She has led the strategy and built the team to take the Matterhorn online dispute resolution (ODR) platform from an academic idea in 2014 to a platform in use by over 50…
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Robin Steinberg

Robin Steinberg is the founder and CEO of The Bail Project, an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by reshaping the pretrial system. The organization manages a national revolving bail fund designed to provide bail assistance and pretrial support at scale while collecting data…
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Daniel B. Rodriguez

Daniel B. Rodriguez is the Harold Washington professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He served as law school dean from January 2012 through August 2018. He was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School (autumn 2018) and the…
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April Faith-Slaker

April Faith-Slaker is the associate director of research innovations at Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. In this role, she conducts rigorous empirical research on access to justice issues in the criminal and civil arenas. Prior to the Lab,…
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Lucy Endel Bassli

Lucy Endel Bassli is deputy general counsel of legal operations, contracting and corporate G&A for Snowflake Computing, a cloud-based data-warehousing company. She is founder of InnoLegal Services PLLC, a modern solution provider that offers legal advice and consults on operationalizing…
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David L. Douglass

David L. Douglass is the managing partner of the Washington D.C. office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. David represents clients in complex investigations and litigation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is…
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If you have questions, please contact David Bell at or 312.363.6210.

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