Against Reinvention: More Forward Not Backward

Legal technology needs to move forward from the past, not reinvent the wheel.

, Legaltech News


Technology veteran Marc Lauritsen takes issue with the "Reinvent Law" movement, and suggests rather than starting from scratch, legal needs to move forward with improved legal technology that builds on the past.

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  • Brian Focht

    I tend to agree with the concept that "reinvention" necessarily suggests that something went awry with the current iteration, and as such, needing to go back to see if a different evolution of the same idea could occur. However, I actually think the most dangerous element of those promoting the concept of "reinvention" or "disruption" are those seeking to capitalize on the disruption at the expense of the profession. Although many legal services are too expensive now, the deregulation of the legal industry and the introduction of a-la-carte or unbundled legal services provided by non-lawyers is a dangerous turn for our country, particularly if access to justice truly is the ultimate goal. We can fix what exists without completely removing the safeguards and protections that are in place. Want to see true "disruption"? See what happens when unscrupulous corporations without the oversight of state bar organizations are the providers of legal services.

  • Jim Hazard

    A system of precedents for legal docs? Marc, as usual, hits the conceptual nail on the head. Thanks for the shout out.

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