I note that ABA TECHSHOW has added more seminars over the past few years about emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, and new online legal service delivery models. There is so much hype in the media about “robot lawyers” that it was good to hear some practical information and analysis of where the profession is going from those who are creating it. It is important to understand these evolving technologies to know how to create our own futures in the profession.
Recent media stories with graphics of Flash Gordon-era robots, and the like, are not helpful or truly informative. If you were at ABA TECHSHOW you’d know that robots are not going to replace lawyers. However, venture capitalists see the value of applying common technologies to the delivery of legal services, and they are putting their money behind it. Algorithms, data analysis, and expert systems are not new to other businesses or services, but it is new to most lawyers.
As busy as you are today, I encourage you to attend ABA TECHSHOW next year (March 7-10 in Chicago) to get the real story, and to help plan your future in the profession. In the meantime, take time to read about the practical applications of these technologies that are actually in service today so that you are better prepared to meet the emerging competition in the practice of law.
For more on my takeaway and others see the article on Attorney at Work featuring Natalie Kelly, Tom Lambotte, John Simek, Sharon Nelson, Jim Calloway and others.