The Future Is Now: Legal Services

What's The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference?

The Future Is Now: Legal Services is an annual conference hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. During the event, thought leaders from across the U.S. and beyond present compelling TED-like talks and participate in town hall discussions on topics that explore the future of the legal profession.

How many years has The Future Is Now been running?

After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, 2023 will be our seventh year! We continue to attract speakers that address the legal industry’s most pressing issues – issues you need to know to evolve and excel in your practice.

Who attends The Future Is Now?

The Future Is Now attracts hundreds of legal professionals and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and internationally. Whether you’re a judge, attorney, paralegal, bar leader, law librarian, legal academic, law student, access to justice expert, tech entrepreneur, or just interested in the delivery of legal services, there’s something for you at The Future Is Now.

Does The Future Is Now offer CLE credit?

Yes! The Future Is Now is approved for professional responsibility CLE credit each year. CLE information will be posted closer to the conference. 

Travel and Location

When and where is the conference being hosted?

Our 2023 conference will be hosted virtually. We look forward to providing attendees with the innovative practice strategies, diverse perspectives, and useful learning opportunities they’ve come to expect from The Future Is Now, only in a virtual format.

What's the conference schedule?

The conference will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 12 – 4:15 p.m. CDT. We will announce the agenda soon. 

How do I get to the virtual platform?

The conference will be hosted on an easy-to-use virtual platform. Attendees will be provided with a login link prior to the event.


How do I register for The Future Is Now?

Registration will open in early 2023. Sign up here to stay updated.


How much is registration?

Registration information will be announced in early 2023. Students may attend at no cost. 


I can't attend the conference, will I receive a refund?

If you’re unable to attend the conference, we ask that you try to gift your registration to someone who would enjoy the conference. If you find someone to gift your ticket to, please reach out to Chelsea Woodmansee at chelsea.woodmansee@2civility.org and we will change the attendee information.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer refunds.

Can I transfer my pass to someone else?

Of course! Reach out to Chelsea Woodmansee at chelsea.woodmansee@2civility.org and we will change the attendee information.

Is anything else included with my registration?

While we can’t provide virtual refreshments, we do invite attendees to participate in a Continuing the Conversation discussion after The Future Is Now. The 30-minute conversation will provide attendees with the option to ask questions and discuss topics covered in greater detail with fellow attendees. (CLE credit will not be provided.)

Event Specifics

Does the conference have an app?

While we will not have a conference app this year, attendees will be able to view sessions and communicate with others on the virtual conference platform.

What's the conference's social media hashtag?

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TFIN23. You can also link to and follow the Commission on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Can I ask questions during the event?

Of course! Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the conference through the Q&A window, which will appear next to the session window. Don’t want to see the Q&A window? Don’t worry – you can hide it.

Will the virtual platform be accessible for all?

As an attendee, you can enable closed captions within a Session on Hopin by clicking on the CC button at the bottom of the screen you are viewing. For more info on Closed Caption within Hopin, check out this article.

Hopin, our conference platform, is dedicated to ensuring that its products are equitable and accessible to all users. In order to support this, Hopin is committed to aligning with the accessibility best practices, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 level AA criteria. For more information on the steps Hopin is taking, click here.

If you have additional questions, requests, or concerns, please reach out to our Office Manager Chelsea Woodmansee at: chelsea.woodmansee@2civility.org.