NATIONAL HARBOR, MD.—Artificial intelligence is now part of the legal landscape—and it isn’t going away. AI still is an emerging technology but in the next 10 years, many if not most attorneys will use AI technology to handle routine tasks, freeing up lawyers and staff members to focus on higher level work.

This was the consensus of a group discussion at the International Legal Technology Association ’s ILTACON conference on Aug. 20. Womble Bond Dickinson Chief Knowledge Officer Bill Koch was among the participants in the “Where is Artificial Intelligence Making a Big Difference?” panel discussion. The panel also included LegalMotion Co-Founder/CEO James Lee, Tromans Consulting Founder Richard Tromans, Luminance Technologies Ltd. U.S. Managing Director George Tziahanas, Kira Systems Co-Founder/CEO Noah Waisberg and Seal Software VP of Legal Services Christina Wojcik.

Panelists discussed where AI can really add value, and where it is simply a marketing term for technology that already is in use. In particular, they said tasks such as document review can be shifted onto AI to the benefit of clients and legal professionals. With Kira AI software co-founder/CEO Noah Waisberg on the panel, there was lively discussion around use of the platform and Womble Bond Dickinson’s experience with it.

Koch said, “Working with these technologies makes you better at your job. It’s freeing up people for higher value work, including paralegals.”

Click either of the following links for more coverage on the panel:

“Vendors Say AI Will Allow Attorneys To Do Better Legal Work” in Law360

“1st Legal AI Session Write Up, Looks Like ILTACON Loves AI.” Artificial Lawyer

Leveraging innovative technology has always been at the forefront of Womble Bond Dickinson’s commitment to client service. The firm adopted Kira into 2017 following investment the prior year in Ross Intelligence, another AI platform. These efforts are spearheaded by the firm’s Innovation Board, a team of attorneys and staff members charged with inspiring, leading and modeling a culture of innovation at the firm.