Will Computers Replace Lawyers?

Andrew Arruda
July 23, 2017
AI and The Law

The Myths, Realities and Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation in the Law

In the first of the three leading-edge sessions on artificial intelligence at this year’s ILTACon, folks will be hearing from Martin Tully, Co-Chair, of Akerman LLP’s Data Law Practice, and Samuel Whitman, Mayer Brown’s Knowledge Management Leader (see below for speaker bios). I will be moderating this panel along with the other two in the AI series at ILTACon 2017.

The goal of the session will be to answer some key questions regarding AI tools that are appearing with more and more frequency in the legal space, chiefly:

  • What does “artificial intelligence” even mean?
  • What is natural language processing?
  • What is machine learning?
  • What is deep learning?
  • What is AI doing right now within the legal space?
  • What can this technology deliver today?
  • How is AI transforming the legal profession?
  • …and the customary crystal-ball question…
  • What does the future hold for legal AI and the automation of legal advice?

“Without a doubt, Artificial Intelligence is the most important recent development in the legal sector. AI tools have been hitting the market at an increasing pace and at times it can be quite overwhelming. Particularly because everyone says that they need to implement AI now, but they don’t really know where to begin or what that entails. Join our session to get a better understanding of where AI is today and I’ll share with you what Mayer Brown is doing to prepare for the AI of tomorrow.” — Sam Whitman

At the end of the panel discussion those in attendance should be well on their way towards determining a communication strategy to educate their teams about AI technologies, have an understanding about real use-cases of AI in legal today, and lastly, have the basics down when it comes to understanding terms like natural language processing and machine learning.

“Bring up the topic of A.I. in the law, and you are usually met with either fear, disbelief, or irrational exuberance. Our session will explain why none of those reactions are justified, and why legal robots should be thought of more like J.A.R.V.I.S. than Skynet.” — Martin Tully, Akerman.

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Have suggestions for questions I should ask Martin and Samuel? Send them my way via Twitter!

Get this panel on your ILTA calendar here.

If you’re interested in a rundown of artificial intelligence and the law, check out a piece I put together with ILTA in the past here.

Don’t forget! I’ll be doing a live draw during each session I am moderating at ILTACon2017 and giving out an Amazon Echo at the end of each AI session!

Will you be at ILTACon2017 this year? Come to the entire AI series!

Part 1 — Will Computers Replace Lawyers? The Myths, Realities and Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation in the Law (Part 1 of 3) #ILTAG2, Speakers: Martin Tully, Co-Chair, of Akerman LLP’s Data Law Practice, and Samuel Whitman, Mayer Brown’s Knowledge Management Leader — add to calendar here.

Part 2 — Artificial Intelligence in Law: Top Products in Action (Part 2 of 3) #ILTAG50, Speakers: Katie DeBord of Bryan Cave, Ron Friedmann of Fireman and Co., Neil Cameron of Neil Cameron Consulting Group, Stephen Allen of Hogan Lovells, and Steven Harmon of CISCO — add to calendar here.

Part 3 — Artificial Intelligence in Law: From Theory to Practice (Part 3 of 3) #ILTAG101, Speakers: Anna Moca of White and Case, Amy Monaghan of Perkins Coie, Jonathan Talbot of DLA Piper, and Julian Tsisin of Google — add to calendar here.

#ILTAG2 Speaker Bios:

Martin Tully, Partner and Co-Chair, Akerman LLP Data Law Practice — @MartinTully

will computers replace lawyers martin tully

Martin Tully is a litigation partner with the Chicago office of Akerman LLP, where he also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Data Law Practice, a dynamic, technology-driven team that delivers innovative solutions tailored to clients’ distinctive objectives. Martin is nationally recognized for his experience in the fields of electronic discovery, information governance, and data security/data privacy. His deep industry knowledge helps clients to stay ahead of the curve with respect to developing law, technology, and best practices, whether in the context of active litigation and regulatory matters, or in seeking to avoid them. Martin advances thought leadership in data law through his active involvement in the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), the Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG-11), the 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program Committee, the Legal Technology Professionals Institute, the ABA Section of Litigation, Privacy and Data Security Committee, and as a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

In addition, Martin frequently writes and presents on the subjects of e-discovery, information governance, cybersecurity, and legal technology. He has been repeatedly ranked by Chambers in the area of e-Discovery, and Who’s Who Legal describes Martin as being “widely regarded for his ‘superior knowledge’ of electronic discovery and information governance.”

Samuel Whitman, Mayer Brown’s Knowledge Management Leader

will computers replace lawyers with Samuel Whitman, Mayer Brown’s Knowledge Management Leader

Samuel Whitman is Mayer Brown’s Knowledge Management Leader and is a member of the Firm’s working group on artificial intelligence. The Firm is currently exploring various ways artificial intelligence and cognitive technology could be used globally throughout the Firm. Samuel’s extensive experience includes working with Professional Support Lawyers, partners and other Firm leaders to develop standard forms, implement document automation, create matter process pathways, configure electronic closing binders and raise awareness among lawyers of KM’s best practices and policies. In particular, Samuel is interested in exploring how artificial intelligence will change the way lawyers work and how it will affect the business model for legal services.

Originally from outside of Detroit, Samuel grew up in Shanghai and moved back to the U.S. to study International Relations at The American University in Washington, D.C. before heading back overseas to study law in London. After law school, Samuel became a Project Finance Associate in White & Case’s London office and later joined White & Case’s Knowledge Management team in New York. Samuel is admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales.

Andrew Arruda

CEO & Co-Founder of ROSS Intelligence. International speaker on the subjects of AI, legal technology, & entrepreneurship and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, BBC, Wired, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Forbes, TechCrunch, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times.