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Automation and litigation?

Postby Earl is here » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:38 pm

For new litigators in biglaw/bigfed, is automation actually someday going to be a problem in terms of finding/keeping a job? Or probably not a big deal?

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Re: Automation and litigation?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:59 pm

Earl is here wrote:For new litigators in biglaw/bigfed, is automation actually someday going to be a problem in terms of finding/keeping a job? Or probably not a big deal?


I've actually taken a course basically on this and am just going anon to avoid outing since it's a small community.

Automation encompasses a lot of stuff and you might want to look up expert systems and law and machine learning and law. Stuff that's notable in litigation is machine learning with e-discovery and judge analytics (look at Ravel Law) to see what language/cases certain judges cite on matters of law (by topic).

Stuff that's not entirely here: predicting complex case outcomes(whether to try or settle). It's hard to do this with any type of reasonable confidence interval.

I'd say you're safe. In terms of automation, much of the tools help lawyers get through more stuff. There's some tools out there that can predict fairly accurately stuff like "did X violate wage and hour law in Y jurisdiction" but not complex cases.

Biglaw will adapt these technologies in order to survive.

Bigfed will too, but MUCCCH more slowly (IMO from working in govt.).



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