Lawyer robots will one day kill us all while suing us for copyright infringement on our DNA, but until then, it could be that technology is making the profession a little nervous about its role in IT.
Rohit Talwar of Fast Future Research has written a really thoughtful piece on the relationship between the legal sector and information technology. In an ongoing research project, Mr. Talwar sees the following key themes emerging:
Services like Legalzoom are changing the traditional efficiency of certain legal practices, streamlining and virtualizing processes that used to be strictly the domain of flesh and blood lawyers. Therefore, there are clear examples of a direct impact on the legal profession.
In addition, as our actions and output are increasingly captured in digital formats and stored indefinitely, the nature of the services that the legal profession offers will probably have to adapt. The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) is funding Talwar's Legal Technology Future Horizons research with the hope o creating strategic priorities for the profession in the coming decade.