The Future Is Now for the Legal Profession – Part 1

The Future Is Now for the Legal Profession – Part 1

On April 6, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism along with the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, sponsored an event “The Future Is Now”, to bring together lawyers and thought leaders to discuss innovations in the delivery of legal services.

It was moderated by J. Timothy Eaton (former President of the Illinois State Bar Association) who received cheers when he advised the audience he would not read the bios of each speaker as that would take up precious time. There were 8 “TEDTalks” by dynamic and enthusiastic speakers who then sat down to take questions and comments from the audience like a town-hall meeting.

Closing remarks were made by Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Honorable Justice Rita Garman. It is my understanding that the video of the program may be soon available on the website of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, which can be found at

Since it would be impossible to cover the breadth of this program or its significance in one post, there will be a series of short posts with highlights from each of the speakers. The series will begin with the first speaker, Ronald Staudt, Director, Center for Access to Justice and Technology at ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law. You will want to hear about how his work and why it is so important to the future of the legal profession.

The news reminds us every day that the legal profession is transforming, failing, and becoming more and more irrelevant. I hope that by sharing the highlights of the program, we can continue and expand the discussions that it started; and that we will be inspired to help us identify solutions to help our beloved profession.

So, please join the discussion. We have a lot of work to do.


Allison Wood