If you look at the news, it looks like the entire world will be run by artificial intelligence (AI) in just a decade or two. One of the latest conversations has to do with the role of AI in the legal world. Is there a future here? The legal industry is still based on the same principles that it was decades ago, but it's undergone some pretty significant changes over the past few years. One area, in particular, that's worth exploring is AI.
In this Dec. 16, 2016 photo, Esperanza Villalobos, a "community navigator," works at her office at The Resurrection Project in Chicago. Villalobos helps immigrants who might need legal services to avoid deportation or learn about their legal rights. The organization she works for plans to hire more individuals like her after the city approved $1.3 million for a legal services fund for immigrants. Chicago is among several entities nationwide working to beef up legal services for immigrants.
FILE - In this May 21, 2017 file photo, supporters of Hungary's political opposition display a banner during an anti-government protest, at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary because of new rules seen discriminating against civic groups which receive funds from abroad. The European Commission said Thursday July 13, 2017 that the law approved by Hungary's parliament in June "could prevent NGOs from raising funds and would restrict their ability to carry out their work."
'Legal innovation' is no longer an oxymoron. The staid, precedent bound, legal guild is slowly morphing into something different. The contours of the new legal order are still being shaped and the dominant players have yet to emerge. Even confirmed industry Luddites concede the legal profession/industry is changing. Many lawyers, to borrow from T.S. Eliot's Journey of the Magi, are "no longer at ease in the old dispensation."