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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...
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