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! Attendees are eligible to receive 4.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE credit and 1.0 hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE credit.

When will I get my CLE information after attending the event?

After the conference, you will receive an email from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism with a link to the CLE attestation survey. Lindsay Shaw of the Commission will email you your CLE certificate as a PDF once you’ve completed the survey.


How do I register for The Future Is Now?

Register here.


How much is registration?

Registration costs $50 per person. If you are a student or require financial accommodation, please contact Chelsea Woodmansee at chelsea.woodmansee@2civility.org for a promotional code.

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.

Attending the Conference

When and where is the conference being hosted?

Our 2023 conference will be hosted virtually via Hopin. Register here. 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 – 4:20 p.m. CDT. View the agenda here

How do I get to the virtual platform?

The conference will be hosted on an easy-to-use virtual platform called Hopin. Attendees will receive an email with a login link after registering here.

If you did not receive a link or your link is not working, please each out to Chelsea Woodmansee at chelsea.woodmansee@2civility.org.

How do I troubleshoot audio or video issues?

If you can’t hear the audio or see the video for the conference, please reference this troubleshooting guide from Hopin, our virtual conference platform, here.

Will the conference be recorded and posted to the website?

We are proud to offer The Future Is Now as a live event, including interactive chats and town halls.

While we will be posting the speaker videos to The Future Is Now website, a recorded version of the full conference will not be available.

CLE will not be available for viewing the speaker talks online.

Engaging with the Conference

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, Hopin.

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.