- Benjamin Barton: Computers are disrupting the legal profession and taking over the routine tasks
- He says the process is brutally disruptive, but offers possibility of rethinking what lawyers do
Benjamin H. Barton is the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee and author of "Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession" (Oxford University Press, June 2015). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The American legal profession has faced a tsunami of bad news since 2008. White-shoe, corporate law firms have faced waves of layoffs or even shuttered their doors. While the very top firms are rolling again, the 50 years of explosive growth that started in the 1960s are now a memory.