Some law firms are finding that the increased adoption of technology in more of their practice groups is not only sparking apprehension over job stability, but also stoking misguided expectations. Still, the “Emerging Technology Session: Modernizing Legal Practices” panel at Legalweek(year) 2021 said that leveraging technology is now a client-enforced necessity. 

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius eData founder and leader Tess Blair noted that during the past 15 years, law firms have automated “commoditized” work performed by lawyers. While lawyers’ role as a trusted adviser won’t be replaced by technology, Blair said some firms are now aiming automation at the “bread and butter” tasks commonly performed by lawyers, but not necessarily requiring a lawyer’s skills or education.

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