The Downside of Disruption: The Risks Associated with Transformational Change in the Delivery of Legal Services

2 New York Law School IMPACT 113 (2016

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 8 for 2016=2017

9 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2016 Last revised: 27 Oct 2016

Raymond H. Brescia

Albany Law School

Date Written: July 17, 2016

Abstract

Change is coming to the legal profession. New forms of communicating, researching, advertising, finding clients, serving clients, and preparing documents are transforming the way legal services are delivered in the 21st century. The advent of new technologies, like the internet, machine learning, and mobile communications have put the legal profession on the cusp of what business theorist Clayton Christensen calls “disruptive innovation”: transformative shifts in a market for a product or service that threaten the business models, and even the very existence, of incumbent actors within that market. In the legal profession, these technology-enabled changes are streamlining all aspects of the delivery of legal services and changing the ways that lawyers identify, market to, and secure clients; conduct legal research; prepare court documents; compile and review discovery; collaborate with other lawyers, clients and experts; and prepare contracts, patent applications and other legal documents. These changes are not without their risks. This Article explores some of the risks associated with the disruption in the legal industry and identifies some of the potential downsides of this disruption.

Suggested Citation

Brescia, Raymond H., The Downside of Disruption: The Risks Associated with Transformational Change in the Delivery of Legal Services (July 17, 2016). 2 New York Law School IMPACT 113 (2016; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 8 for 2016=2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810881

Raymond H. Brescia (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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