Hofstra Law Review


John L. Garland


The future will see the law, a guardian of continuity, make increasing use of the computer, an instrument of change. The rate of change in technology and in our social institutions continues to accelerate; it is appropriate, therefore, for lawyers to extend the range of their thinking farther and farther into the future. This consideration of future alternatives must be based on realistic probabilities, and not merely on desirable, but ephemeral possibilities. This article will project the future effect of computer technology on the American legal system over the course of the next ten to fifteen years. Its purpose is not to engage in prophecy but to illuminate the choices we lawyers have in the present.

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