The Digital Transformation of Law: Are We Prepared for Artificially Intelligent Legal Practice?

15 Pages Posted: 23 May 2022

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Larry Bridgesmith

Vanderbilt Law School; ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Adel Elmessiry


Date Written: 2021


We live in an instant access and on-demand world of information sharing. The global pandemic of 2020 accelerated the necessity of remote working and team collaboration. Work teams are exploring and utilizing the remote work platforms required to serve in place of stand-ups common in the agile workplace. Online tools are needed to provide visibility to the status of projects and the accountability necessary to ensure that tasks are completed on time and on budget. Digital transformation of organizational data is now the target of AI projects to provide enterprise transparency and predictive insights into the process of work.

This paper develops the relationship between AI, law, and the digital transformation sweeping every industry sector. There is legitimate concern about the degree to which many nascent issues involving emerging technology oppose human rights and well being. However, lawyers will play a critical role in both the prosecution and defense of these rights. Equally, if not more so, lawyers will also be a vibrant source of insight and guidance for the development of “ethical” AI in a proactive—not simply reactive—way.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, AI, AI ethics, Multi-disciplinary Collaboration, Digital Transformation, COVID Data Expansion

JEL Classification: K10, K20, K40, O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Bridgesmith, Larry and Elmessiry, Adel, The Digital Transformation of Law: Are We Prepared for Artificially Intelligent Legal Practice? (2021). Akron Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2021, Available at SSRN:

Larry Bridgesmith (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

Adel Elmessiry


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