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VOLUME 52, NO. 11
It’s July, so I’m
thinking a lot about
leaders—and robots. And how
Why leaders? This sea-
son combines: a presiden-
tial election, the State Bar
I’ve written those profiles for years, and I am re-surprised every year
how diverse leaders are—in experience, viewpoint and temperament.
Even in organizations—or companies or nations—that possess a well-
known personality, their leaders run the gamut.
Is that a strength, or a weakness? I’m thinking strength.
Which makes me wonder about all those non-diverse robots—and
the lawyers they seek to replace.
By now, you’ve read about ROSS, the robot a law firm
employed to “assist with” bankruptcy cases. And then there
is the story of the Stanford student’s robot that’s helped
160,000 people dispose of parking tickets.
The free “chatbot lawyer” only operates in New York and
London, and it only has a 64 percent success rate. But that
still comes to 160,000 meter violations, parking-in-yellow
violations, and what have you.
160,000 people who had a legal need filled painlessly.
Now, some lawyer–leaders might bemoan that and fear it
undermines the relationship between attorney and park-ing-ticket client.
Other leaders will spot this possibility for the consumer
win it is. In areas where little if any legal
advice must be exchanged, a chatbot
may fill needs quickly, at the most effi-
cient cost—which are a few goals of the
Independence Day also
reminds us of leaders—those
who took on the Crown, and
who gave life and limb in its
defense in the 240 years since.
Recently, I came across photographer Alfred Mole, who
made a career of staging photos composed of tens of thousands
of people, arranged to form a patriotic figure (two examples are
above). Vision and execution. Leadership and efficiency.
As I gaze at his handiwork, given life by military servicemen,
it reminds me that most professions require high-level thinking plus repeatable—maybe robotic—commodities. The best
human leaders know when to advocate for each.
For more on the Bar’s next human leader, be sure to read
the September issue.
Robots and the lawyers
who love them
“Open the billing software, HAL.”