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AALL Spectrum / September/October 2018 / Volume 23, Number 1

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 19 Information Management Research + Analysis Relatedly, AI can already be used to draw simpler conclusions about per- sonalities, such as which expert witness is most aligned with a client's interests. Expert databases such as Courtroom Insight and JurisPro give users the ability to discover which experts have the most experience in achieving the desired outcome before specific judges. Law firms are also using data from these expert witness databases, in com- bination with their own firm's data, to create highly customized understand- ings of expert witnesses. Moving Forward Although some worry that artificial intelligence is over-hyped, it is nev- ertheless true that AI is already here and being used effectively by an increas- ing number of firms. For years, firms have been subscribing to tools that incorporate AI for tasks such as e-dis- covery, docket analytics, and contract review. Indeed, use of these types of read-only tools is becoming the new baseline of competence, just as using a citator became a mandatory tool in the 1900s. These read-only AI tools and their use are the new floor. The ceiling will be defined by read/ write tools—which law libraries will build themselves—and how they are used. When law firms harness the vast expertise in their document repositories, billing systems, and human experts, they can create data training sets that are unique. Using AI tools, they can build the next generation of legal ser- vices, truly differentiated from the offer- ings of other firms, and of accounting firms that wish to break into the legal services market but who don't have the historical legal data on which to build. Who will be the makers in this new era of read/write artificial intelli- gence? It would be natural for the law firms' experts in legal information, law librarians, to have the central role. Law librarians have expertise with enterprise legal data, great access to KM systems and document management systems, Image © Istockphoto.com/Agsandrew/Matejmo © 2018 BY MORGAN WRIGHT MORGAN WRIGHT PRODUCT MANAGER Fastcase, Inc. Washington, DC © 2018 BY ED WALTERS ED WALTERS CEO Fastcase, Inc. Washington, DC AALL2go EXTRA Watch the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting program "Powered by AI, Built in the Law Library," at bit.ly/AM18AI. READ Ed Walters's article "Read/Write: Artificial Intelligence Libraries," from the September/ October 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum at bit.ly/SO16AIlibraries. Ed Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, DC. He practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, and Brussels. Walters teaches The Law of Robots at Georgetown University Law Center and at Cornell Tech in New York City. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Law School, and the editor of Data-Driven Law (Taylor & Francis, 2018). Morgan Wright is a product manager at Fastcase and publisher of the Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (RAIL). She earned her undergraduate degree from Hood College and her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. She has worked at the Institute for Actual Innocence and the Office of the Capital Defender in Virginia, as well as in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Who will be the makers in this new era of read/write artificial intelligence? It would be natural for the law firms' experts in legal information, law librarians, to have the central role. and the training in ontologies and legal information. We are right on the cusp of a new age of legal services powered by artificial intelligence, and the time is now for law librarians to learn how to use these new tools.

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