FAQs

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. present compelling TED-like talks and participate in townhall discussions on topics that explore the future of the legal profession. Topics can include evolving alternative legal landscapes, access to justice innovation, legal technology, lawyer well-being, blueprints for change, and more.

How many years has The Future Is Now been running?

2020 marks The Future Is Now’s fifth year! We continue to attract speakers that address the legal industry’s most pressing issues – the issues that you need to know to evolve your practice.

Who attends The Future Is Now?

The Future Is Now attracts more than 300 legal professionals and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. 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! In 2020, The Future Is Now is approved for 4.5 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois, including 0.5 hours of mental health CLE credit.

If you’re applying for CLE credit in another state, contact david.bell@2civility.org and he’ll provide the materials you’ll need for your application.

Travel and Location

When and where is the conference being hosted?

Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

What's the conference schedule?

The full conference schedule will be posted on the Agenda tab soon.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, and the first speaker will go on at 9:45 a.m. The conference will wrap by 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.

If you’re traveling from out of state or downstate Illinois, we recommend arriving in Chicago the night before the conference.

Where should I stay?

The following hotels are located close to Venue SIX10 and other downtown attractions. The Commission doesn’t have a room block at either hotel. We’d recommend that you book your accommodation early to ensure availability.

Homewood Suites by Hilton and the Hilton Garden Inn both have ADA compliant facilities and accessible rooms.

How do I get to the conference venue?

Venue SIX10 is easily accessible by public transport (CTAMetra) or by rideshare. If you choose to drive to the conference, discounted parking is available with Venue SIX10 validation at Grant Park South Garage – Millennium Park South Garage.

The garage entrance is located on Michigan Avenue between Van Buren and Adams Streets. Parking tickets are validated at the Venue SIX10 security desk, which can be found at the building’s entrance on Michigan Avenue.

Please see the Attendees tab for directions.

Registration

How do I register for The Future Is Now?

You can register for The Future Is Now here.

How much are tickets?

The early bird registration of $75 per ticket runs through Friday, March 13, 2020. Tickets purchased after this date are $100.

The Commission offers a 20% discount for groups of four or more. The discount is automatically applied at checkout when you register four or more people at once.

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 ticket to someone who’d enjoy the conference. If you find someone to gift your ticket to, please reach out to David Bell at david.bell@2civility.org and we’ll change the attendee information.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer refunds.

Can I transfer my pass to someone else?

Of course! Reach out to David Bell at david.bell@2civility.org and we’ll change the attendee information.

How can I receive discounted tickets?

The early bird registration of $75 per ticket runs through Friday, March 13, 2020. Tickets purchased after this date are $100.

The Commission offers a 20% discount for groups of four or more. The discount is automatically applied at checkout when you register four or more people at once.

Additionally, if you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out to David Bell at david.bell@2civility.org.

Event Specifics

What’s the Wi-Fi code?

Venue SIX10 provides complimentary Wi-Fi access. The code will be posted here prior to the conference and will also be listed in the program and on attendee badges.

Will there be food and drinks at the conference?

Yes, your ticket includes a light breakfast and lunch. We also provide snacks, coffee, and tea throughout the day.

Does the conference have an app?

Yes! You can learn about our app here.

What's the conference's social media hashtag?

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TheFutureIsNow. 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 through our conference app. You can learn more here.

Does the conference venue accommodate wheelchairs and accessibility needs?

Venue SIX10 can accommodate a variety of accessibility needs. If you have any concerns, please email David Bell at david.bell@2civility.org so we can ensure we provide a great experience.