Two years ago, Joshua Browder launched his DoNotPay chatbot as “the world’s first robot lawyer” to help people fight parking tickets. He reported a high rate of success, winning 160,000 out of 250,000 cases. He later expanded it to provide free legal aid to the homeless, then expanded it again to help refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada, and earlier this week he announced a massive expansion into another 1,000 legal areas.
Today, Browder took it a step further, opening up his platform so that anyone can create a legal bot for free, with no technical knowledge.
“Starting today, any lawyer, activist, student or charity can create a bot with no technical knowledge in minutes,” Browder writes in a post this morning on Medium.
“You can use your bot to save money within your business, provide a better experience to clients or improve access to justice,” he writes. “Regardless, you will establish yourself as a leader in legal technology by having a cool bot link to share.”
For a legal professional, the easiest way to use this service would be to start with an existing form or document that lends itself to automation. To create a bot, you must fill in the form that you can find here (backup link) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send it before 11.59 p.m. PST on Monday, July 24, you will receive your link within 24 hours.
The bot will be hosted on DoNotPay’s servers, Browder tells me, but all the data is end-to-end and SSL encrypted for privacy.
Browder expects that some of the bots created through this service will be incorporated into DoNotPay. That would be contingent on DoNotPay staff verifying that the bot is legally correct and also on the creator of the bot consenting to its inclusion.