Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) replace human lawyering? The answer is
no. Despite worries that AI is getting so sophisticated that it could take over
the profession, there is little cause for concern. Indeed, the surge of AI in the
legal field has crystalized the real essence of effective lawyering. The lawyer’s
craft goes beyond what AI can do because we listen with empathy to clients’
stories, strategize to find the story that might not be obvious, thoughtfully use
our imagination and judgment to decide which story will appeal to an audience,
and creatively tell those winning stories.
This Article reviews the current state of AI in legal practice and contrasts
that with the essence of exclusively human lawyering skills—empathy,
imagination, and creativity. As examples, we use three Supreme Court cases
to illustrate these skills.
Melissa Love Koenig, Julie A. Oseid, and Amy Vorenberg,
OK, Google, Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Lawyering?,
102 Marq. L. Rev. 1269
Available at: https://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/mulr/vol102/iss4/8