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Is Emerging Technology Submerging the Bar?

With the advent of broadband, cloud services and other new technological features, traditional law practice has changed which inadvertently affects bar associations (“Bar”). This essay begins with a brief discussion of the three main functions of the Bar and thereafter to identify four emerging technologies that could potentially cover or obscure those functions. It then seeks to argue that emerging technology is not submerging the Bar in view of the overarching if not irreplaceable responsibilities of which the Bar assumes in protecting the legal profession, upholding public advocacy and preserving competent representation.




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