The Future Is Now 2.019

On May 16, 2019, lawyers, judges and legal professionalism joined us in Chicago for our 4th annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.019 conference.

During the event, thought leaders from across the U.S. presented compelling TED-like talks on embracing and promoting the Rule of Law amid rapid industry change. Discussion topics included evolving alternative legal landscapes, access to justice innovation, legal technology, blueprints for change and more.

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Justice Mary Jane Theis: Future-Focused Court Services

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis opened The Future Is Now with a call for the legal profession to reflect on the value that lawyers and the judicial system provide the public. Although it’s important for the profession to embrace technology and creative solutions to improve the delivery of legal and judicial services, it must also...
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Gyi Tsakalakis: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

 The internet is an amazing thing. At no other time in history have we had access to so much information and so many people. People are increasingly turning to the internet to answer questions, solve problems and review goods, services and yes, lawyers. The question is who and what will they find. Gyi Tsakalakis reminded attendees that there...
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Rich Lee: Data Security: You Can Do More Than You Think

Attorneys are counselors and problem solvers at times when there’s a lot on the line — money, reputation and even freedom. Attorneys are trusted with highly sensitive data, Rich Lee said. If the data are lost, leaked or even held for ransom, it could cause irreparable damage and even violate lawyers’ ethical rules. And trustworthiness and r...
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Blake D. Morant: The Essentiality of Civility

The First Amendment right to speak freely has become a moniker for unabashed expressive behavior without acceptance of the responsibility to exercise that right respectfully. At its core, this notion of uninhibited, anti-politically correct speech has dimmed the hope of productive dialogue. Persuasion dissipates when incivility dominates. Civi...
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MJ Cartwright

MJ Cartwright: Positive Impact = Online Dispute Resolution with the Judiciary

Almost 40% of people who resolve legal cases through online dispute resolution (ODR) wouldn’t have been able to get to the courthouse, said MJ Cartwright. For many, scheduling, transportation and other impediments to access stand in their way. In response, convenient and accessible dispute resolution alternatives are cropping up on the inter...
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Robin Steinberg: The Human Cost of Cash Bail

In the past 20 years, increases in pretrial detention have accounted for the majority of jail growth in the United States. The human cost is vast and intergenerational. Pretrial detention exposes people to increased risk of physical and sexual violence, and it jeopardizes employment, housing, education and even child custody. Held in jail whil...
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Daniel B. Rodriguez: “Newlaw” and the New Lawyering

The legal industry has always been unsettled. The dynamic character of technological innovation (illustrated by Moore’s Law) makes our legal system less steady but also more supple, Dan Rodriguez said. The profession is now in a period that Rodriguez calls “newlaw,” defined by qualitative and quantitative measures of accelerating legal c...
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April Faith-Slaker: Lost in Translation: From Research to Practice

Big data, technology and unprecedented connectivity are providing the legal profession with new avenues for the delivery of services. While many assume these tools are making justice more accessible, it hasn’t played out that way, April Faith-Slaker explained. Each year, tens of millions of legal problems arise in low- and moderate-income ho...
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Lucy Endel Bassli: The Modern Legal Ecosystem

 The practice of law is being tested by increased constraints on resources, shifting workforce composition and increased global complexity. Innovative technology is reshaping the legal landscape, and law is beginning to move from a practice to an operation. To truly innovate their practice areas, Lucy Endel Bassli said, lawyers must become m...
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David L. Douglass: The Ethical Obligation to Promote Diversity

Our history compels the conclusion that lawyers have an ethical obligation to promote equality and diversity in the legal profession and in society. The profession has tried the moral route (it’s the right thing to do) and the business route (it’s good for business), David Douglass explained. However, considering the lack of progress, perhaps...
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