Women of Legal Tech:
Interview with Kamile Kliukiene
Kamile is a lawyer and for the past 4 years she’s been building her legal tech knowledge by participating in robotics, blockchain, and AI projects. Kamile started with e-signature implementation and ‘3 levels going paperless’ project into a publicly governed finance institution.
For the past year Kamile has been a part of Telia Company legal practice group. On a daily basis she supports the cross-border team for legal sourcing matters, at the same time finding the best AI and contract automation solutions. In addition, Kamile does consulting and she’s also an active W@LawLT community member, organizing the community meetups and discussions on hot topics.
Kamile, what do you find particularly fascinating about legal tech?
I am passionate about AI, Blockchain, Smart contracts, Express systems & Chatbots. The more I learn about those technologies, the more I realize what it could do and how many daily monotonous tasks and processes it could solve. For instance, chatbots could be utilized for any daily Q&A such as GDPR, HR or any other repetitive lawyer’s explanations. Moreover, there could be advanced versions where it could connect and extract the information you need from your existing data. Therefore, if to continue adding on the AI, the results could be analyzed and presented for you precisely for your case or situation. And the results could be safely transferred or allocated in blockchain.
There have been many fascinating innovations lately, such as texting a lawyer, getting divorced in minutes, getting your medical records reviewed by AI and getting diagnosed. However, the biggest impression I got this year was from a MAERSK use case, where they managed to automate already 75 % of their sourcing processes. And I do believe that this is the future where with RPA and smart contract help, we could achieve the greatest effectiveness.
“It is important to know what kind of tool you’re looking for – the one that works for you, or the one that you work for.”
What do you think is the best way to start with document automation?
It is important to know for yourself and for your team what kind of tool you are actually looking for – the one that works for you, or the one that you work for. Also, there are quite a few important steps to be taken at the beginning, such as:
- evaluation of the recent situation, auditing your contracts, what kind of systems are already in place, how the contracts are being drafted, what are the major issues that you’d like to solve;
- then it would be decision time – what would be the next step to be more advanced, is it really possible to jump from paper contract to an automated one, or should you start with digitalizing it first;
- and just then search for the solutions to fulfill your requirements best.
What are the 3 most important things you have learned when you were deploying document automation?
I participated only in piloting, so at this point, I could only indicate the future success factors of the deployment:
- Indication of the problem you are trying to solve rather than just following the trend.
- After the indication of the problem, audit, analysis – a plan and a strategy is key.
- Next, a very clear, consistent communication and training to the end-users. “Everyone wants changes, but nobody wants to change”. To be prepared for the road that won’t be easy that only in the end will be graduating.
What is the state of legal tech deployment in Lithuania? Where do you see the potential to improve the effectivity of the Lithuanian companies?
Lithuanians like the rest of the Scandinavians are seeking for work and life balance. After work, I love to spend my time with my family, friends, do sports and contribute to the community. If only technology could solve that I’d be able to do the job faster, more efficient and reach the sustainable results – that would be brilliant.
Lithuanian market is full of tech-minded resources, who are eager to find creative solutions. Due to the fact that we have so many Startups, at least in my opinion, a starting business should not even think of other solutions than legal tech ones from the square one. Furthermore, legal tech could easily be implemented into financial, logistics and even public sectors.
Which departments can benefit from document automation?
The more contracts the department has the better, so the starting point could be Sourcing, next Legal, B2C, B2B and others.
What documents did you automate?
At this moment, I am learning how to automate purchasing contracts.
What are your future plans for document automation?
I do believe that contract automation is just a step towards the smart contracts future, where contracts between parties become technological processes. My dream is to become a Legal Engineer, to learn more and more about contract automation, spread the word and share the knowledge with others.
Thank you very much for talking to us today, Kamile!