Monday, October 28, 2013
Will computers replace lawyers? No, argues Syracuse University’s Professor Ian Gallacher. In Do RoboMemos Dream of Electric Nouns?: A Search for the Soul of Legal Writing, he concedes that templates can be created for legal documents. But such programs will lack “empathy -- the ability to anticipate what information a reader will need from a document, and when the reader will need it.” That empathy, he says, is "a crucial, and uniquely human, aspect of persuasive writing" that can't be replaced by a machine.