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Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession


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1. Introduction Disruption The Advent of AI and Lawyers - Into the Unknown? The Lawyer's Value Overview of Chapters PART I LAWYERS AND THE EVOLUTION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 2. Artificial Intelligence: What It Is and Why It Matters Introduction History of AI and Law Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Where Next? 3. The Practice of Law - What Do Lawyers Do? Introduction Who are Lawyers? The Work of Lawyers (What Do Lawyers Do?) Organisational Forms (Where Do Lawyers Work?) How are Lawyers Regulated? Who (or What) Will Lawyers Become? PART II THE USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN LEGAL PRACTICE 4. AI and Outcome Prediction Introduction Application of AI to Legal Outcome Prediction Role of the Lawyer Future Developments 5. AI, Pre-Trial Information Gathering (Discovery and Disclosure) and Litigation Lawyers Introduction Litigation Lawyers - Gathering Information and Evidence Application of AI to Pre-trial Processes Role of the Lawyer Future Developments 6. AI, Online Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution Introduction Advocates and Dispute Resolution Lawyers Application of AI to Online Courts and ADR Role of the Lawyer aft er ODR Future Developments 7. AI and Transactional Lawyers Introduction Transactional Law, Contract Commoditisation and Lawyers Application of AI to Transactional Law Role of the Transactional Lawyer Future Developments 8. AI and Regulatory Lawyers Introduction Regulatory Lawyers Application of AI to Regulation Role of the Lawyer in RegTech Future Developments 9. AI and Criminal Lawyers Introduction Criminal Law and Lawyers Application of AI in the Criminal Justice System Role of the Lawyer Future Developments PART III THE FUTURE OF LAWYERS AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION 10. Limitations of AI Introduction Data and Design Can Data and Design Problems be Overcome? Cost and Sustainability Not being Human Conclusion 11. Legal Ethics, Liability and Regulation in an AI World Introduction Legal Ethics in an AI World Liability for AI Regulation Legal Practice by Non-Lawyers Conclusion 12. Future of the Legal Profession Introduction Threats and Opportunities in the Use of AI for Lawyers The Expertise Value The Ethics Value The Human Value Education Supporting AI-Enabled Legal Practice Conclusion

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This book provides an accessible explanation of AI and how it contrasts with the role and work of lawyers, focusing on six key area of the law where AI is making a considerable impact: litigation; transactional; dispute resolution; regulation and compliance; criminal law and legal advice; and strategy, and discussing how lawyers and law firms can best utilise the promise of AI.

About the Author

Michael Legg is a Professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Law, Sydney, Australia. He is also the Director of the Law Society of New South Wales Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) research stream at UNSW. Michael's research interests are in civil litigation (including class actions), regulation and enforcement, and the legal profession. Michael is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia and in the State and Federal courts of New York. He holds law degrees from UNSW (LLB), the University of California, Berkeley (LLM) and the University of Melbourne (PhD). Felicity Bell is the Research Fellow for the Law Society of New South Wales Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) research stream at University of New South Wales Law Faculty. Her research interests are in legal professionalism and ethics, new technologies in law, family law and access to justice. Felicity is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. She holds a BA/LLB (Hons I) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of Sydney Law School.

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