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The message at the “Impact of Advanced Legal Research Tools” panel at the International Legal Technology Association’s ILTACON 2019 conference couldn’t be clearer: The emergence of artificial intelligence-powered legal research tools has fundamentally altered the practice of law. But while today’s research platforms have far-reaching repercussions, each is limited in how much it can help supplement an attorney’s knowledge.

Scott Reents, lead attorney for data analytics and e-discovery at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, noted that, with the emergence of modern research tools, “We are sort of in transition from a world where law is about reading text and qualitative judgments and anecdotal experiences … to a world where much of that, not all of it, is going to be about data, quantitative analysis [and] statistics.”

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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