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Future Law and the Legal System

(Stanford University - Jaclyn Chen)

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- Overview 

The future of the legal industry will involve technology automating and assisting with standard repetitive work. Lawyers are going to realize that they need to step in up in terms of technology innovation in order to keep up with other industries that have been quick to accept new technologies.

If there’s one constant, it’s change. What once was will not always be. The Internet and social media have dramatically changed our jobs and how we interact. Technology has forever altered future law by furthering human rights and access to justice, while big data and analytics play an increasingly larger role in society in general and the legal world in particular. 

New breakthroughs in digital law are occurring on a daily basis as legal technology becomes the standard within law firms and in-house legal departments. Economic and technological forces are factoring into regulators’ responses and rulings as consumer law firms scramble to adapt — and adopt best practices. 

We don’t need to wait for the future; it’s already here. Our job is to stay on top of technology and harness its power to formulate laws that strengthen our country, serve and protect the populace and preserve respect for and adherence to the constitution.

- The Future of Laws and Legal Systems

Laws and the legal systems anticipate and also respond to evolutions in technology in ways that may enhance or inhibit development. We examines these changes from an historical perspective, using the evolution of telecommunications technologies and regulations as a case study. We then examines current technological developments in sectors such as green energy, transportation, genetic engineering, and social networks in the context of disciplines from the lawyer's toolkit: intellectual property, business organization, contractual relationships, constitutional rights of individuals, and theories of liability.  

The future of laws and legal systems will emphasize how future lawyers can and should anticipate or envision future legal impacts - including legislation, litigation, and corporate governance—of emerging technologies. Each seminar attendee will select a particular technology, describe what makes it emerging, and explain its anticipated legal impacts in a seminar presentation and paper.



- The Future of Laws and Lawyers: Legal Tech, AI, Big Data And Online Courts

Advances in technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) allow modern software to scan legal documents, streamline communications and find relevant casework for lawyers. McKinsey estimates that 23% of work done by lawyers can be automated by existing technology. In the future, is it conceivable that a firm would be charged with legal malpractice if they didn't use AI? It certainly is. Today, AI offers a solution to solve or at least make the access-to-justice issue better and completely transform our traditional legal system.

AI demonstrates the machines that are intelligent and capable enough to perform tasks and function on their own. The machines that assimilate AI are designed in a way that they can think and behave like a human. This capability has given a rise to businesses in choosing to integrate with AI, in order to enhance their overall efficiency and productivity.

There's no crystal ball for the legal industry, just as there's none for life. That said, industry trends don't arise out of the ether - they develop over time. These trends collectively form the basis for estimations about what the future of the legal industry will look like. 

The future of laws and lawyers gives insight into the challenges faced in bringing the traditionally conservative legal system into the 21st century.


- The Future of Courts - Remote Courts 





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