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Artificial Intelligence Is on the Case in the Legal Profession

Nastel Technologies®
October 17, 2019

Artificial Intelligence – When you hear the phrase “robot lawyer,” what comes to mind? My brain conjures up an image of C-3PO in a three-piece suit, shuffling around a courtroom, while throwing out cross-examination quips such as: “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of prosecuting witness grease!”

But that’s not exactly the case (yet). Artificial intelligence (AI) is, in fact, becoming a mainstay component of the legal profession. In some circumstances, this analytics-crunching technology is using algorithms and machine learning to do work that was previously done by entry-level lawyers. (What does that say about entry-level lawyers?)

Apparently, AI robot lawyers are here—and they’re not going away. Still, Elon Musk has warned that AI is a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear weapons, but before we start worrying about how the robot lawyer uprising won’t be televised (it will happen slowly and quietly in the middle of night), we connected with Lane Lillquist, the co-founder and CTO of legal tech company InCloudCounsel, to give us his thoughts on what we need to fear and/or not fear when it comes to lawyer robots.

“AI’s application to the legal profession is very similar,” Lilliquist explained. “It can make contract review more accurate, enable us to take a more data-driven approach to the practice of law and make the legal space overall more efficient.”

Lillquist sees robot lawyers, AKA artificial intelligence being used in the legal profession, akin to the simple tools that make everyday life easier and more productive, along the lines of spellcheck or autocorrect.

“AI’s present capability meets a sizable need in the legal space by automating a number of high-volume, recurring tasks that otherwise take lawyers’ focus away from more meaningful work,” Lilliquist said. “Beyond this, the role of the lawyer is still vital to conducting quality legal work.”

Over the next five years, Lilliquist predicts the role of AI in the legal space will continue to be accomplishing narrow and specific tasks, such as finding terms in a set of documents or filling out certain forms.

Take the company DoNotPay. The app trumpets that it’s “the world’s first robot lawyer.” “Fight corporations, beat bureaucracy and sue anyone at the press of a button,” says DoNotPay’s website. The company has built an AI chatbot that interviews users about their legal problems, then uses their answers to complete and submit paperwork on their behalf.

Some might think AI legal services, such as DoNotPay, will eventually replace humans. But Lilliquist doesn’t think so. He sees the rise of legal artificial intelligence on par with the initial rise of ATMs; the number of bank tellers actually increased because it became easier to open smaller bank branches in more locations.

“AI is a tool. Having a better tool doesn’t mean we’re going to have less people doing an ever increasing amount of work,” said Lilliquist. “Enabled by technology, lawyers are more productive, allowing more legal matters to be represented around the world.”

He sees AI continually changing the legal profession, requiring lawyers to possess an increasing number of skills to make use of such technology to remain competitive in the market. This wave of technology will also require the creation of more data analytics jobs that can tap into legal and business datasets and generate actionable insights to improve the practice of law.

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