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Embracing a Bold New World: The Rise of Legal A.I. in the Legal Profession

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This blog post is a reproduction of an academic paper I wrote in 2015 for a law school course on law and technology. The paper has been modified to fit within the format of a blog post. It is reproduced here for ease of access and because AI in the legal profession is once again becoming a hot topic. If you are interesting in this topic, please also check out: Will AI Replace Lawyers? and Canada's Flawed Regulation of Artificial Intelligence



Three different papers about information retrieval problems in the legal profession came out of the first A.I. and Law conference in 1987. Carole D. Hafner, Richard K. Belew, and Jon Bing were the authors of these papers. Schweighofer’s commentary on Bing’s paper argued that even though Bing dealt with similar problems as Hafner and Belew, his approach differed significantly from theirs. Instead of writing in “hard-core” A.I. language like Hafner and Bele