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Such machine lawyering will impact every aspect of the legal profession, and it is reasonable to assume that the progress of such development will be faster than seen in other areas involving more mechanical activity. Law is essentially information, so none of the physical restraints that impede automation in other areas will limit the reach of information processing in the law. While reasonable persons may disagree on whether this development is positive or negative, few will dispute that machine lawyering is here, and that it will change the practice of law and regulation as we have known it.
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