As a futurist, an entrepreneur, and a lawyer, I always get asked, 'What do you think is the next big thing in the legal world?' I always begin my response with a catch-all reply: 'The next big thing is anything that helps you attract and keep a client. No client equals no business. A bit of a cliché, I know. But you must constantly rethink how to do things better and be more efficient by using the latest research, thinking, and innovations.'
Clients are demanding more efficient and improved delivery of legal services. Automation opportunities that were previously limited are now a reality based on robust pattern recognition, in documents in particular. Artificial Intelligence is fast becoming a game changer in the delivery of legal services across multiple disciplines.
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In the basement of the Cal State Northridge library on a recent weekend, attorney Julia Vazquez was giving one student a speech she has practiced a lot lately. "This goes over your rights to remain silent and to ask for a warrant before anyone comes inside," she said, gesturing at a red card she instructed the student to put into his wallet. "The No. 1 thing I tell people is do not speak without an attorney." Vazquez, an immigration law professor at Southwestern Law School, and several other volunteer attorneys were holding a legal clinic for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, created by President Obama in 2012, enables young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to obtain work authorization and receive a temporary reprieve from deportation.
There's been lots of talk during the past week about how artificial intelligence–the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence–is impacting the legal profession and the delivery of services. I saved the following to read later and thought our readers would also find them interesting. How AI is transforming the legal profession. How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession, ABA Journal – "Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients. Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology.