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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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