Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

Law360, New York (November 14, 2016, 12:14 PM EST) -- Abdi Shayesteh

Elnaz Zarrini

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." — Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78.

Emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients have created a perfect storm for the extinction of the legal profession as we know it, a hypothesis that has been getting considerable media attention. Take BakerHostetler's decision in May to implement the IBM Watson-inspired ROSS, the application billed as the "Super Intelligent Attorney." ROSS is an artificial intelligence software package designed to perform the work of legal researchers to support attorneys and is intended to streamline e-discovery efforts and...

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