Tuesday, May 5, 2015
That was the message from one speaker at the recently concluded CodeX FutureLaw Conference at Stanford Law School. Professor Oliver Goodenough (Vermont) who is visiting this semester at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, told conference attendees that the practice of law is fundamentally a computational exercise that can be done by machines. The only impediment to that happening are the lawyers themselves. Bloomberg posted this report on the conference:
Lawyers could become legal concierges and should adopt computational law for their practices and stay current with technology, or else risk fading away, according to speakers at the CodeX FutureLaw Conference on April 30 at Stanford Law School.
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Judges and courts already get it and technology companies are pushing it, Goodenough said. “The lawyer as we conceive of it today is the problem, not the solution.”
Those lawyers who “reimagine themselves will do fine. Those who don’t will just fade away,” he said.
Jerry Kaplan, a CodeX fellow and visiting computer science lecturer, told reporters during a luncheon that most tasks lawyers do are transactional, and thus can be done by computer programs.
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