Computer vs. Lawyer? Many Firm Leaders Expect Computers to Win

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Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.

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  • Steve Hubbard, Pres & CEO

    Although I am not a lawyer, but I work with law firms every day, I am a steno shorthand court reporter, and for the past several years experimenting with voice recognition, and today muliple voice speech recognition is a reality at AMVSR, LLC, converting outstanding audio and video to 95% accurate working rough draft transcripts and if requested, to edit this ASR output for final certified versions. The cost, up to 90% savings!

  • Brilliant

    Will the AI associates eventually make partner or who will take over the firms once the partners die clutching their money?

  • jcorbett

    My first career was in engineering. Just before I entered the field, the typical first two years for every engineer was spent either over a drafting table or a Monroe calculator supposedly learning the field. The stored program digital computer changed that and liberated these young engineers to practice their profession. My first project e.g. was completed less than a year after joining the company and was used in the Apollo Program. So, perhaps we lawyers should view the technology as less of a threat and more of the opportunity that similar advances have been for our colleagues in other professions.

  • Bekki

    Junior Lawyers shouldn‘t be scared of robots taking their jobs. Instead they should be excited at what this technology can do. RAVN ACE was recently implemented at international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. The technology automatically reads, interprets, extracts and summarises information from documents and exports the key information into a desired output. This task was originally done by Junior Lawyers who found the task uninteresting which led to low morale in the team. Now the robot takes on this task and the junior lawyers have been able to focus on billable work and are much happier in their day-to-day job. See the full case study here: ravn.co.uk/technology/applied-cognitive-engine/

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