Is the core of legal advice numbers?

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Is the core of legal advice numbers? Scratch your head a moment about this claim in a longer piece. ‘The backbone of all legal matters centers around data.’ I don’t agree. A legal matter consists of a set of facts — certainly unique, often incomplete, and usually contested — and the complex, interpreted inter-play with those facts of a range of possible laws, statutes, regulations, rights and responsibilities. That volatile mixture does not yield to a machine learning algorithm. Or, maybe, the quote uses the word “data” to mean “information”. But that warps the numeric core meaning of “data” and states a silly and obvious truth. “The backbone of all legal matters centers around facts and information.” Vendors to the legal industry these days are resting too heavily on what computers can calculate. Click here for the full text from Exterro.

Leading Law Departments  Vol. 1, No. 43

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