My "More Efficient Future, Fewer Lawyers?" Talk at the International Legal Technology Association Conference

By: Noah Waisberg — August 14, 2014

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This past Thursday, I spoke at ILTA14 with Ryan McClead, Michael Mills (Neota Logic), Stuart Barr (HighQ), and Joshua Lennon (Clio). Our “Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds” session was quite terrific.

We were lucky to have a wonderful audience, who asked smart questions and—in some cases—tweeted heavily. They seemed to like our presentation.

The panelists are killing this one, great so far #ilta14 #spec18

— David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

This is an awesome session..! @JoshuaLenon @DiligenceEngine @stuart_barr @NeotaLogic @rmcclead #ILTA14 #spec18 — Ben Wightwick (@BenWightwick) August 21, 2014

Rock star panel here! (@ Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds? http://t.co/hcXuXDK3I6) — Christopher Hunt (@bren924) August 21, 2014

INCREDIBLE SESSION!! THANK YOU! @JoshuaLenon @DiligenceEngine @stuart_barr @HighQ @NeotaLogic @rmcclead #ILTA14 #SPEC18 — Jess Hutto-Schultz (@jhutschu) August 21, 2014

Nice write up.. @JoshuaLenon Most thought provoking session I attended this year! @DiligenceEngine @HighQ @NeotaLogic

— Ben Wightwick (@BenWightwick) August 27, 2014

And, from afar:

Follow the #SPEC18 track at #ILTA14 for some eye-opening facts and observations about technology and the law. Wow. — Jordan Furlong (@jordan_law21) August 21, 2014

Here are some tweets on my talk:

Noah from @DiligenceEngine talking about lawyers getting more efficient #ilta14 #spec18 — David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

#spec18 ilta14 Due diligence is the #1 task of new lawyers. But legal tools can do diligence faster & better than the associates can.

— John Gillies (@johngillies) August 21, 2014

But perhaps demand for legal services will increase b/c of increase in deals and legal complexity #ilta14 #spec18 — David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

Some legal services inelastic (criminal law), but most legal work is elastic #spec18 #ilta14

— David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

Some corporations are less willing to do uneconomical legal work #dolesslaw @ronfriedmann #ilta14 #spec18 — David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

#spec18 ilta14 Efficiency can, however, drive demand, which can then lead to more legal work.

— John Gillies (@johngillies) August 21, 2014

$200-800 cost of reviewing contracts (without tech); client might highlight / bring up more relevant contracts #ilta14 #spec18 — David Hobbie (@KMHobbie) August 21, 2014

.@DiligenceEngine predicts that by 2024 there will be more people in high-end legal services than there are today. #SPEC18 #ILTA14

— Christopher Hunt (@bren924) August 21, 2014

.@DiligenceEngine tackles the idea that tech might mean less lawyers. His argument? No, increasing complexity means increased needs. #ilta14 — Joshua Lenon (@JoshuaLenon) August 21, 2014

Here are my slides: More Efficient Future, Fewer Lawyers? - ILTA14 Slides

I really enjoyed the other talks and our audience. Really a great session at a terrific conference. Here is a storify of tweets from the session (HT Robert RichardsLegal Informatics Blog):

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