As technology develops and becomes increasingly refined, human activities and job responsibilities are changing too. And, in some instances, becoming obsolete. A computer can beat Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov. You can check out of the local pharmacy without making small talk; and check into your flight from the comfort of your couch. All the while, experts ponder what professional jobs may actually be replaced by robots.

Lawyers, take note: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being employed in discovery, generating contracts, and other legal matters. According to Forbes, Deloitte predicts that 100,000 legal roles will be automated within the next 20 years. Bernard Marr, “How AI and Machine Learning Are Transforming Law Firms and the Legal Sector,” Forbes Magazine, May 23, 2018). As attorney mediators, we regard our work as profoundly personal—not simply conducting face-to-face negotiations; rather, helping parties arrive at individualized agreements tailored to each family’s needs and goals.

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