The Future Is Now 2.019

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.

We hope you’ll join us in April 2020 for The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.020. Keep an eye out for more information in early next year.

Speakers

Justice Mary Jane Theis: Future-Focused Court Services

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis urges that although we must leverage technology and creative solutions to deliver better legal and judicial services, we must also remain true to the backbone of our profession: the rule of law and the justice system’s goal of serving the public. Justice Theis will highlight Court initiatives that...
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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? There are unique considerations when marketing ...
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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, like personal client information and business strategies. If the data are lost, leaked or even held for ransom, it could cause irreparable damage and even violate lawy...
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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 any acceptance of the accompanying 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 dom...
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MJ Cartwright

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

Almost 40 percent of people who resolve legal cases through online dispute resolution (ODR) wouldn’t have been able to get to the courthouse. 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 internet. To date,...
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Robin Steinberg: The Human Cost of Cash Bail

In the past 20 years, increases in pretrial detention have accounted for 100 percent of jail growth in the U.S. 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 while legally pre...
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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. We’re now in a period of “newlaw,” defined by qualitative and quantitative measures of accelerating legal change. Familiar strategies and techniques we’ve...
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April Faith-Slaker: Lost in Translation: From Research to Practice

Big data, technology and unprecedented connectivity provide the legal profession with new avenues for the delivery of legal services. While many assume these tools make justice more accessible, it hasn’t played out that way. Each year, tens of millions of legal problems arise in low- and moderate-income households. Yet the majority of these pr...
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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. Law is beginning to move from a practice to an operation. This shift can be attributed to inviting outside skillsets (like data scientists, financial analysts and project managers) into law firms and corporat...
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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. This obligation translates into a professional duty to undertake affirmative steps to remedy discrimination, eliminate bias and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. Yet the legal profession remai...
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