Techdirt: First Thing We Do Is Automate Away All The Lawyers.... Of course, the Falstaff-Prince Hal exchange in which Falstaff says "The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers" is one of the most misused quotes from the Bard of Avon. In fact, Falstaff is telling Prince Hal how to destroy society. The thesis of this post is that much of what lawyers do can be automated; and, while it is true that there are benefits to beginning some legal work with an automated product, we all know that there is no substitute for a lawyer's time and advice. If you want to create a society in which litigation becomes even more of a pastime than it is already; then, by all means, automate the lawyerly profession. Experience tells me that there will always be work for lawyers as long as there are greedy, dishonest, grasping citizens trying to get money from others. It's only human.