we will see a lot of stand-alone online diagnostic expert systems which will ask users a series of questions and offer eventually a legal response, a legal answer, to their difficulties and perhaps draft the document at the same time. Now some of these expert systems will be for direct use by citizens without any intervention by lawyers or legally informed individuals. And others will be designed for use by paralegals and junior lawyers, essentially enabling them to function at the level of the human expert.
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The Information Professional's job has been more and more of vetting all of the different products out there and helping to make sense of it all. ... This will continue to be a valuable service, but ... need to transition away from the traditional research model and over to areas of predictive analytics to help drive new business to the firm.
Technology will make it possible for some firms (or, just as likely, startups run by non-lawyers) to automate certain aspects of existing practice and aggressively scale up until they hit the limit of what the market will bear.