Artificial intelligence is evolving the nature of lawyering. Legal analyst Julie Sobowale explains how in this cover story for the American Bar Association. Here’s Sobowale’s take on AI in law:

Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients…It is the next great hope that will revolutionize the legal profession.

Sobowale notes some standout companies harnessing AI in ways that will transform the legal profession for the better, among them ROSSNexLP, Riverview Law, and eBrevia. “What makes eBrevia different,” says Sobowale, “is the program’s ability to learn how to do searches [within contracts] more efficiently.”

eBrevia COO Adam Nguyen explains how lawyers can benefit from using AI tools:

Technology that automates tedious tasks, while not a panacea, can free up lawyers’ time to perform higher-level, more intellectually satisfying work which clients would be willing to pay for…It’s clear we need a solution that increases lawyers’ productivity while helping to deliver legal services at the level expected by clients.

With the AI revolution on the horizon, in Sobowale’s words, “maybe it’s not so scary after all.”