Four Questions at the Intersection of the Legal Profession and Technology, for Both Evangelists and Skeptics

Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 26, 2016 (Forthcoming)

Albany Law School Working Papers Series No. 25 for 2015-2016

15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2016 Last revised: 10 May 2016

Date Written: May 2, 2016

Abstract

The legal profession is facing dramatic changes from the rapid introduction of technology into the practice of law. This technology sometimes assists attorneys in making their jobs easier, sometimes it displaces them altogether. Some promote the expansion of technology into the practice of law as a welcome change in the way in which legal services are delivered. These proponents argue that technology can help make legal services more affordable and more accessible. Those skeptical of the ability of technology to assist or displace attorneys face their own challenges and must defend the status quo where the majority of low- and moderate-income Americans face their legal problems without a lawyer. As the legal profession attempts to grapple with these changes, the Essay poses four questions, for both technology evangelists and skeptics alike, to try to surface some of the key issues the expansion of technology in the practice of law raises.

Keywords: Technology, Access to Justice

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Brescia, Raymond H., Four Questions at the Intersection of the Legal Profession and Technology, for Both Evangelists and Skeptics (May 2, 2016). Albany Law School Working Papers Series No. 25 for 2015-2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2773739

Raymond H. Brescia (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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