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CCBA Feature

ALPS
By Justice James Marchiano (ret.)

T

he law firm's management committee, the IT department, and the accounting
department listened to the saleswoman's enticing presentation about "ALPS,"
the customized Automated Law Program System that could transform the

law firm into an efficient twenty-first century practice. No more calendaring mishaps.
No end of the month billing snafus. Up to date accounts receivable. An advanced
Echo, Siri/Cortana type voice recognition. A technology system that could think
alongside lawyers and paralegals. Programmed with Google search, WestLaw and
Lexis, and an army of other state of the art search engines ready to respond to every
need. A lawyer need not worry about whether a response was due in fifteen actual
calendar days, or fifteen court days plus five, except when a state holiday intervened.

Persuasive briefs from other cases
were readily accessible with a push of
a prompt button or voice commands.
ALPS would set calendar alerts, help
write briefs, self-shepardize, and send
out payment reminders to clients,
processing faster than Deep Blue.
The computer's memory also stored
calendars for all local courts, kept
track of judges' schedules, cases under
submission, and when and how they
were decided. In short, eponymous
ALPS was the most advanced artificial
intelligence system available for
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law firms with an encrypted system
dedicated to the individualized needs of
the firm.
It was the proverbial "no-brainer" to
purchase, despite the high cost. Within
thirty days the system was up and
running, to the delight of the associates
and secretaries who no longer worried
about pleading deadlines and last
minute research.
Twenty-nine-year-old associate John
Gilbert received his B.S. degree with

honors in Computer Science from
Stanford and later attended Hastings
Law School. He worked diligently
at the large Long Beach law firm in a
variety of specialties for four years, with
exceptional annual reviews. Gilbert,
an earnest, bookish geek, understood
the sophisticated layers of ALPS'
technology better than anyone else in
the firm. ALPS quickly became his
daily friend as he used the voice system
to ask for research help. After crafting
several satisfying research projects
largely based on the system's suggesting
certain cutting and pasting and editing
from other briefs, law journals, and
cases, Gilbert found himself able to
leave the firm at 6:00pm instead of his
usual 7:30, and enjoy weekends with his
fiancée at his parents' Lake Arrowhead
cabin instead of Saturday sessions in his
office. So it came naturally for Gilbert
to thank ALPS each night as he put the
system on a sleep mode. ALPS always
responded, "You're quite welcome," as
the screen saver came on.
As the partners saw the quality and
the speed with which Gilbert prepared
briefs, more complex assignments
involving EPA environmental law
analysis were sent his way. Next
cascaded problematic class action and
cutting edge intellectual property issues
that challenged Gilbert's computer
capabilities and ALPS' capacity. ALPS
rose to the occasion, devouring more
difficult problems and turning out
erudite products. As time progressed,
with dual screens on his computer
desk, Gilbert was able to work on two
projects simultaneously, again with
ALPS swiftly researching, analyzing,
and returning law review quality
results with each prompt. The more
work Gilbert gave ALPS, the faster the
system responded, thriving on difficult
inquiries. There seemed to be no legal
issue that ALPS could not solve, as its



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