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Automation can help us do our work as lawyers; but in the process, it should also force us to be more thoughtful about what our work really is or ought to be.' The challenge for the profession, as I see it, is not simply to survive the advent of new technology, nor even merely to make effective use of new tools. While addressing those immediate concerns, we should also welcome the concomitant opportunity to develop and refine our understanding of what it means to be a good and ethical lawyer. As technological developments free us from and prevent us from hiding behind the ministerial aspects of our profession, we should embrace the opportunity to think more deeply about what "professional responsibility" ought to mean.


All rights reserved. Originally published as Clark, Sherman J. "Work Only We Can Do: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Automation." South Carolina Law Review 69, no. 3 (2018): 533-556.