The Future Is Now 2021

In 2021, the legal profession found itself at a tipping point. While COVID-19 immediately upended the practice of law, the long-term impacts will be realized for years to come.

In light of the changing practice of law, The Future Is Now 2021 explored topics like the rapid adoption of technology, lawyer competency, coping with stressors amid the pandemic, and creating workplace cultures where DEI goals aren’t just metrics but cultural norms.

Conference Report

2021 Speakers

Anne M. Burke

Chief Justice, First District
Illinois Supreme Court

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Brian Cuban

Attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate

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Jordan Furlong


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Ellen (Ellie) Krug

Founder and President
Human Inspiration Works, LLC

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Mary Jane Theis

Justice, First District
Illinois Supreme Court

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Kimberly Bennett

Attorney + Founder, K Bennett Law LLC

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Deanie Brown

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

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Tracy Kepler

Risk Control Consulting Director
CNA’s Lawyers Insurance Program

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Caren E.I. Naidoff

Partner, Corporate Wellness, LLC
Shire Law Group, PC®

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Rick Palmore

Senior Counsel

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Alan R. Press

Attorney and CPA
Shareholder, Shire Law Group, PC®
Partner, Corporate Wellness, LLC

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Diana Uchiyama, PsyD

Executive Director
Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program 

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Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.)

Of Counsel
Jones Day

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