Brian Seamus Haney | Independent
Scholars, lawyers, and commentators are now predicting the end of the legal profession, citing specific examples of artificial intelligence (AI) systems out-performing lawyers in certain legal tasks. Yet, technology’s role in the practice of law is nothing new. Indeed, the Internet, email, and databases like Westlaw and Lexis have been altering legal practice for decades. Further, the technology at the cutting edge of AI in law practice has been around since the early twentieth century. Indeed, the dynamics of legal technology are defined by the organization and quality of data, rather than innovation.