That is the question raised by this post on the Legal Skills Prof Blog. The authors worry that the rise of technology-driven negotiations (e.g., software algorithms that can produce optimal settlement terms for parties) will replace the need for lawyers to negotiate for their clients. Really? Can we really automate the important search for underlying interests, the venting of emotions, and the common tactics that lawyers employ to engage in strategic bargaining? What about the humanistic characteristics needed for integrative bargaining? I sincerely doubt a computer could exhibit the problem-solving, creative characteristics of an effective negotiator.