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LIVE - ISBA Allerton Conference 2023: Technology and the Courts: Transforming the Delivery of Justice

Presented by the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure
Sponsored by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Thursday, March 30, 2023 – Saturday, April 1, 2023
I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign
Thursday: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (reception and dinner to follow)
Saturday: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The ISBA room block deadline with the I Hotel has passed. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about room availability by calling 217-819-5000 or book online. There are also other nearby hotels that may have accommodations, including the Holiday Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Join us in Champaign as we explore hot topic issues impacting the civil practice and procedure arena – from how artificial intelligence is being used in the courtroom and how technology is being utilized to help disabled lawyers and clients, to using technology to serve rural communities. A look at legislative updates is also included.

Thank you to all of the Allerton Conference Sponsors!
Conference Sponsors:
ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Dinner Sponsors:
Simmons Hanly Conroy

Reception Sponsors:
The Quinlan Law Firm
McPherson Law Offices

Refreshment Sponsors:
The Toney Law Firm, LLC
Mark L. Karno & Associates, LLC
Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.
Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, Retired Judge

Thursday, March 30, 2023

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner
Welcome and Introductions:
Shawn S. Kasserman, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman LLC, Chicago
Emily N. Masalski, Eaton Corporation, Oak Park
Speaker:Hon. Mary Jane Theis, Illinois Supreme Court, Chicago

Friday, March 31, 2023

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Ronald D. Menna, Fischel Kahn, Chicago
Gregory E. Moredock, Illinois Municipal League, Springfield
David A. Weder, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale P.C., St. Louis

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Courts – An Overview
Dory Reiling, Amsterdam District Court (ret.) Netherlands (via pre-recorded video)
George S. Bellas , Bellas & Wachowski, Park Ridge
Caroline Marouzek Cozzi, Bellas & Wachowski, Park Ridge
Ronald D. Menna , Fischel Kahn, Chicago

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Using AI to Resolve Small Claims Cases (and Changing/Adopting Ethics Rules to Reflect the Use of AI)
Discover the potential of the application of Artificial Intelligence in the courts and the resolution of disputes with this informative segment.
Moderator: Nelson M. Rosario, Rosario Tech Law, LLC, Chicago
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock
Prof. Daniel W. Linna, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Fireside Chat
Hon. Elizabeth M. Rochford, Illinois Supreme Court, Waukegan
Hon. Mary K. O’Brien, Illinois Supreme Court, Ottawa

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Use of Technology to Assist Disabled Lawyers, Parties, and Witnesses
Moderator: Emily N. Masalski, Eaton Corporation, Oak Park
Hon. Azeema N. Akram , Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago
Brandy L. Johnson, Early & Miranda, P.C., Carbondale
Michal Nowicki, Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, Virginia

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Legislator Panel
Get the answers you need on how the legislative process works, how lawyers interact with the legislature both internally and externally, and how to affect this process with a legal background.
Moderator:  Jim Covington, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield
Sen. Steve McClure , Illinois State Senator, Springfield
Sen. Doris Turner , Illinois State Senator, Springfield
Sen. Sally J. Turner , Illinois State Senator, Springfield

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Legal Deserts: Using Technology to Serve Rural Communities
The panel presentation discusses the “legal deserts” that exist within many rural Illinois communities, and explores how lawyers, courts, and justice partners are utilizing technology to address those unmet legal needs, along with challenges and potential solutions to implementing those technological tools.
Moderator: Erika N. Harold, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Profession, Chicago
Diane Goffinet, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Carbondale
Edward Siemer, McDevitt, Osteen, Chojnicki & Deters, LLC, Effingham
Alison Downs Spanner, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Chicago
Andrew M. Weaver, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, East St. Louis

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, April 1, 2023

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Changing the Ethics Rules on an Attorney’s Ability to Address Internet Criticisms
Online criticisms and negative reviews of attorneys and legal services affect legal practitioners and the field of law as a whole. This panel presentation discusses and analyzes the impact of Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6(a). Panelists will provide session attendees with their perspectives on best practices and rule change recommendations.
Moderator: Erika M. Washington, U-46 School District, Elgin
Scott A. Carlson, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago
James A. Doppke, Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC, Chcago
Yvette C. Loizon, Clifford law Offices, Chicago

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session Reports / Changes to the Conference
Deanna L. Litzenburg, Mathis Marifian & Richter Ltd., Edwardsville

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Concluding Remarks

MCLE credit to be determined based on presentations and materials submitted