The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence & Human Expertise
As technology advances, legal research and processes will be done faster, more accurately, and/or cheaper. With these advances comes a threat to the careers of those in the legal profession. However, technology may generate significant opportunities for those attorneys who are willing to embrace change and evolve their law practices.
In this issue, we offer two articles on online dispute resolution, Artificial Intelligence, and the future of family law (pp. 6 and 10), which show how technology is being used to help streamline the information gathering, negotiations, and cases where the litigants cannot afford a lawyer. At the same time, they also suggest how family lawyers can use and incorporate online dispute resolution features and the standardized process into their law practice.
AI cannot replace human expertise and experience (yet!). We asked family lawyers and forensic experts to examine how objective expert testimony really is; you’ll find their responses in “Challenging Retention Bias and Adversarial Allegiance in Expert Testimony” (p. 14), and “Does an Expert’s Opinion Depend on Who Hired Them?” (p. 18).
We surveyed family lawyers and other family law professionals about how they’re using technology in their practices; you will find the results on the results on p. 34. Two family lawyers felt strongly enough about their favorite apps to write articles about them (p. 35). What’s your indispensable app?
If you use eDiscovery, do you know current best practices – especially when it comes to capturing publicly available data such as social media content? If you’re not 100% sure, read “Obtaining and Presenting Electronic Evidence During eDiscovery” (p. 28).
Technology can also help when it comes to your well-being. If you embrace automation, you could reduce the burden of manual processes on you and your staff (p.28). Speaking of well-being, we highly recommend that you take a look at “Addiction and Mental Health Issues Among Family Lawyers” (p. 40); the strategies and resources there could save someone’s career – or life.
Other must-read articles include:
- Generating Clients Using Pay-Per-Click Advertising
- The Economic Reality of Maintenance Post TCJA
- What Family Lawyers Must Know About Trust Accounting
- The Role of the Forensic CPA in Divorce
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