The Ethics of AI in The Legal Profession at Legalweek: Legal Technology Trends

My most recent blog post for IPRO’s blog is (once again) about a terrific session I attended during the final installment of the virtual Legalweek(year) which was conducted last week.  The session was The Ethics of AI in The Legal Profession and it was conducted by two notable industry experts who covered several aspects of the use of AI and how they can relate to legal professionals.

The session was conducted by Tess Blair of Morgan Lewis and Maura R. Grossman of the University of Waterloo and Maura Grossman Law (who should be a familiar name to any of you who understand Technology Assisted Review (TAR) as she and Gordon V. Cormack defined the term and issued the groundbreaking study that demonstrated how TAR could be more efficient and effective for document review). 

In addition to providing some interesting graphics to illustrate various concepts such as machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) (see above), they discussed considerations for ethics of AI, including:

  • Advising clients developing or using AI, including bias, privacy, interpretability and moral dilemmas;
  • ABA rules and resolutions to provide guidance for using AI in the practice of law; and
  • The questions on a lot of people’s minds – will AI take our jobs or become smarter than we are and take over the world?

So, what are some more specifics on what Blair and Grossman covered in the session?  You can find out on Ipro’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!

BTW, next year, Legalweek returns to an in-person event in New York City from January 31 from February 3!  See you there!

So, what do you think?  What (if any) concerns do you have about the ethics of AI algorithms to support legal use cases?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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