By Steven Fettig. Taken at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
By Steven Fettig. Taken at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In 2002, reporters asked Secretary of Defense Donal Rumsfeld a question at a U.S. Department of Defense news briefing. In answering, he set up a taxonomy that has become popular to catalogue our state of knowledge. In the

OverHypeWe know Benjamin Franklin for his many sayings. Some he created, most he borrowed and improved. One we all know. Two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Everyone has a take on the third, so I will add my voice to the fun: artificial intelligence in law is over-hyped. If the hyping AI


“I actually think that law enforcement should be difficult,” Marlinspike says, looking calmly out at the crowd. “And I think it should actually be possible to break the law.”

Moxie Marlinspike

Moxie made that statement while sitting on a distinguished panel of cybersecurity experts at RSA, the main conference on computer security. Meanwhile, the legal

GoldRushOn January 24, 1848, John Wilson Marshall was building a water-powered sawmill for John Sutter. The mill was close to Coloma, California, near the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Marshall was a carpenter who had emigrated from New Jersey. Although Marshall wasn’t looking for gold, he later claimed that he knew immediately upon seeing

ModularityLawyers think about things in somewhat discrete units called matters. No one has a formal definition of matter we all must use, but we all know them when we see them. A lawsuit is a matter, a contract is a matter, a policy is a matter.

We have, of course, managed to confuse this neat

LawGameIn part I of this two-part series, I covered the history of computers versus humans playing perfect information board games. In part 2, I talk about what lawyers should take from Lee Sedol’s recent loss to AlphaGo in a five-game Go match. Given the length of the series, I have cross-posted the entire piece on

LumpOfLawyersImagine the world of law in the United States as a fixed amount of legal work that needs doing. That fixed amount includes all the legal services lawyers do for large corporations, individuals, criminals, and others. One recent estimate put the market for legal services by lawyers in the United States at about $275 billion.