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Electronic data processing systems are being seriously

considered for use in legal research, and a veritable flood

of articles has appeared in various legal periodicals

speculating about the use to which such systems

can be put in legal context. The general tone of

these articles is understandable, for "we are all groping to

achieve a better understanding of the relation of these

developments in communication technology and law, and

it is to be expected that discussion will be vague and general

at the outset." As one step in the direction of more

explicitly defining the role of computers in the law, Professor

Allen presents a specific proposal for improving the

drafting of legal documents so that some of the logical

analysis of the contents can be performed automatically.

He then applies this proposal to sample sections of the

federal estate tax.

This Article is not easy reading, and a casual glance at

the text may unfortunately discourage all but a few from

even beginning it. But the steps as Professor Allen has

drawn them are gradual and are not difficult to follow.

Should you decide to work through the Article, we think

that your knowledge and appreciation of this potential

revolution in legal methods will be greatly enhanced.

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