Radio Berkman 121: Law + Technology = Fewer Lawyers

May 12th, 2009

If you like the idea of the above equation, well, you are either looking forward to a Robot vs. Lawyer stand-off, or, like today’s guest, you simply believe that law can be made better and more efficient through the use of software and applications to streamline repetitive legal tasks.

Richard Susskind is the IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and author of the recently published (and provocatively titled) The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services. He recently sat down with the Berkman Center’s Brock Rutter to chat about how technology might be able to simultaneously make the work of lawyers more efficient, reduce overhead costs, and improve access to justice.

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The Reference Section:
• Follow Richard’s work
• Watch Richard’s recent talk at the Berkman Center’s Law Lab
• The recent NYTimes article on the firm that did away with its lawyers

CC-licensed music this week:
Arslkhan: “Love Odyssey”
Coconut Monkeyrocket: “Accidental Beatnik”

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