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tition for clients is more aggressive and

public service and

pro bono

legal work has

declined. Women and minority lawyers

continue to struggle to be included in the

fabric of their law firms. The sole practi-

tioner is working harder to earn a living

as competition increases. The globalization

of the practice will soon become common

and successful lawyers will represent clients

outside of the United States.

Many young lawyers are dissatisfied

with their profession, with the clients they

serve and with their supervisors. In-house

counsel complain that the cost of legal

services is not always related to the value

of the work provided. Some lawyers believe

the profession is fixed on an unsustainable

course driven only by profit.

What will our profession look like in

the future? Corporate clients may demand

to be billed based on the value the lawyer

brought to the corporation from his/her

work on a legal transaction rather than

by the hours spent on the matter. Law

firms may have more alternative business

structures wherein firms will deliver legal

services along with non-lawyer involve-

ment, such as accountants, doctors or

others. It may be that quality legal work

will no longer define an excellent lawyer,

but rather a lawyer’s ability to solve prob-

lems using whatever skill is needed may

become the measure of Chicago’s top

lawyers. Automated document review

companies using cutting edge technology

and artificial intelligence to sort, duplicate

and review documents may take business

from lawyers while assuring consistent

quality of service, high-efficiency results,

and lower-cost delivery. On line alternative

dispute resolution will continue to evolve

and grow as people become more at ease

resolving disputes without being present

in the same room.

Wide-Ranging Challenges

Due to increased demand and extended retire-

ment ages there are four generations of lawyers

working together which poses technological,

inclusion, social and cultural problems. Law

firms and legal departments will continue put

pressure on the lawyers’ personal lives in order

to cover the cost of their salaries which will

increase dissatisfaction.

We sent a notice to our members that

we would have a meeting on October 5

so they could comment and discuss these

issues and problems and suggest solutions

or alternative methods. The meeting was

attended by 100 CBA members who had

thoughtful insights which will help us

prepare for the future and, hopefully, will

help us make our jobs less stressful, call

attention to certain pressing issues and may

even fix some existing problems. It was a

wonderful exchange of ideas and solutions.

Some of our extensive working group

includes: Justice Michael B. Hyman, Jus-

tice Mary Mikva, Maurice Grant, Lynn

Grayson, Dean Jim Faught, Theresa Fris-

bie, Dan Cotter, Paula Holderman, Matt

Passen, Andrew Vail, Catherine Sanders-

Reach, Jonathan Beitner, Lara Wagner,

Dave Scriven-Young, Chasity Boyce, Mary

Curry, Trisha Rich, Ben Alba, Patricia

O’Brien, Megan Webster, Bob Glaves and

many others.

Please help us in this continuing

effort; you will find it stimulating and