Allerton Conference 2017

"The Changing Landscape of Civil Practice: Technology, Ethics & Economics"

The Allerton Conference provides an opportunity for lawyers, judges and law professors from the entire State to discuss important issues affecting civil procedure and litigation with the goal of offering suggestions for new Supreme Court Rules, legislation sponsored by the ISBA, and propose programs to the ISBA Board of Governors.

The biennial conference will be held on April 19 – 21, 2017 at Starved Rock Lodge. Sponsored by the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, participation is by invitation only.

This year the topic is: "The Changing Landscape of Civil Practice: Technology, Ethics & Economics"

The Keynote Speaker is Daniel Katz from the Chicago-Kent College of Law who will address the challenges facing lawyers with the exponentially increasing technology that is affecting the practice of law. Opening remarks will be offered by Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • The Practitioner's Duty to be Tech Proficient: How much do we need to know and why?
  • Litigation: Reducing Costs, Increasing Efficiency
  • The Impact of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) on the Traditional Practice of Law
  • Resolving Disputes Outside of Court: Mandatory Arbitration, On-Line Small Claims Resolution, Mediation
  • Technology in Illinois State Courts

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History of Allerton: The name "Allerton" is used because the conference was first held at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. The conference out grew the facilities at Allerton and the ISBA had to find a different location. The name has stuck despite the fact that the conference has been held at the Starved Rock Lodge.

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