If our Congress ever gets back in session, forty percent of the members will have passed the Bar – far fewer than a hundred years ago, when nearly 80 percent of our legislators were lawyers.
And the good news is that soon there may be even fewer lawyers in Congress, eventually none, because the legal “profession” is headed to extinction.
Don’t we need a nearly inebriated buffoon to charge us $600 an hour to fight a traffic ticket, a slick con man to “help” us get swindled, or maybe just the assistance of a voracious ambulance chaser, who jacks up our insurance rates with outlandish settlements?
For example, we now have 10,000 immigration lawyers in the United States (probably 90% of the world’s lawyers practicing in this field), partially because the U.S. has the most complex set of immigration laws and the largest immigration bureaucracy of any country. Complex always means higher fees for attorneys.
Incredibly, the big law firms are now even recruiting H-1B Visa candidates from places like Australia to swell their ranks even more.
Hope is on the way. Imagine very few lawyers in America, saving us all a fortune in hot air and cold cash.
The answer is a veritable font of knowledge that works 24 hours a day, is gender neutral, and stands only three feet tall.
No, it’s not Tom Thumb or Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize.
This new super hero is a “Lawbot.” Watch this video.
China has been successful in cleaning up its court dockets by using a swarm of robot attorneys.
Lawbots are 36 inches tall. Their rolling pedestals are topped with toaster-shaped happy heads, featuring video screens and large anime eyes.
They can review legal documents, approve indictments, and even generate arrest warrants. Their computer-screen faces generate cartoon smiles when they do any of these things.
China is serious about lawbots and has used them to review prior cases to determine if judges came to proper decisions.
The UK Telegraph reports that Chinese officials say the lawbots have reviewed 15,000 cases since they were deployed in Jiangsu province last September, and corrected mistakes in about half of those cases, resulting in 541 commuted sentences.
The lawbots are far more lenient than human Chinese judges who hand down convictions in over 99 percent of cases.
These current efforts appear to be concentrated on low-level offenses such as traffic violations, although the Daily Caller reports China is testing a more advanced system that will also be able to handle homicide, burglary, and other more serious charges.