Last week, Propylon’s Business Development Manager Breiffni O’Domhnaill attended the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Baltimore. It is one of the leading conferences for legal technology and this year’s focus centred on how cutting-edge technology and innovation is changing the role of law librarians.
Advanced technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, is paving the way for innovation in legal research, redefining its role and setting new limits, especially in relation to law librarians. The AALL conference raised the issue of how the unique value and irreplaceable expertise of law librarians can be best supported and gleaned in the digital age. Vice President of Legal Markets and Innovation at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S Dean Sonderegger provided a very useful model for creating innovative solutions in his session, “Today’s Law Firm Library: Navigating Traditional Research and New Technologies.”
AI and machine learning is already driving innovation in the legal world and has the potential to innovate in ways that was previously thought impossible. But, in order for the machines to become smart enough to replace humans, they need to be trained. Law librarians are perhaps the best positioned experts to do this given their in-depth knowledge of the business and the regulatory environment. In this way, law librarians could play a vital role in the creation – and success of – an effective and accurate legal AI model.
A recent study found that different legal research platforms provided different search results. At the conference, both Fastcase and LexisNexis presented their insights into how the algorithms work. As AI becomes more integrated in the legal space, librarians will need to become more informed about how technologies work so that they can help reduce the risk of bias in results.
At this year’s AALL conference, Propylon’s Breiffni O’Domhnaill spoke of Propylon’s commitment to working with legal firms to drive innovation explaining how we support law professionals to innovate by co-investing in new research projects, sharing new ideas, and working together to make the innovation and ideas become a reality. Law firms leverage our research and development professionals to find solutions for challenges.
Once again, the annual AALL conference provided insights into how new and innovative technology is transforming the face of law as we know it. This strongly resonates with our current line of product development and we’re excited at the role we are playing in manifesting a new vision for legal professionals through technology.