a career picDuring the beginning of the legal profession technology was non existent and attorneys had to rely on their ability to understand complex laws and opinions without the assistance of sophisticated programs that break down laws and opinions.  Although, this is a great advantage to those that know how to match thorough research with logic and reasoning it can become a detriment when it is relied on too much.  When an individual’s reasoning and ability to logically deduce whether or not the circumstances of a particular situation meets the criteria of the fact scenario laid out in the law is replaced with technological algorithms a mismatch in fact scenarios and research results is inevitable.

Overreliance on technology is widespread as search engines and metadata have become the mainstay in marketing campaigns.  The same logic and algorithms that are used within search engines to group pieces of information are used within legal research systems to thoroughly categorize pieces of information into the likelihood of an occurrence of a piece of information that needs to be located.  These search engine like searching capabilities allows for the quick location of probable matches within search results.

This overreliance on technology fails to take into account that cognitive abilities will always be superior to and override faulty systems that can only perform at the level of the person using the system.  So if the researcher fails to understand proper sequential ordering when conducting research they will expend hours of time of wasted energy on useless researching that only comes up with meaningless information that is only as on point as the edges of paper that it is printed on.

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