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June 12, 2024 Legal Rebels

Can generative AI tools make it easier for lawyers to offer pro bono services?

By Victor Li

When it comes to access to justice, it has long been estimated that low-income Americans did not receive any or enough legal help for over 90% of their civil legal problems, according to a 2022 report from the Legal Services Corp.

Maybe they can’t afford a lawyer. Or they don’t think that they need one. Or they don’t understand enough about their problems and potential consequences. Either way, there’s a vast portion of the population that is not being served by the lawyers out there.

A commonly cited solution to helping bridge this access-to-justice canyon is for lawyers to provide more pro bono work. While it won’t come close to helping all the people in need, it’s a good first step. In that regard, have generative artificial intelligence tools made it easier for lawyers to provide pro bono services?

In this episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, Kristen Sonday and Laura Safdie talk with the ABA Journal’s Victor Li about how generative AI is changing the face of pro bono services for lawyers and the clients they serve.

Sonday, a 2017 ABA Journal Legal Rebel, is a co-founder and the chief operating officer of Paladin, legal technology platform for pro bono programs, and Safdie, also a 2017 Legal Rebel, is a co-founder of legal research service Casetext and is currently Vice President of Artificial Intelligence & Global Affairs at Thomson Reuters.

In This Podcast

Kristen Sonday

Kristen Sonday, a 2017 ABA Journal Legal Rebel, is a co-founder and the chief operating officer of Paladin, legal technology platform for pro bono programs.

Laura Safdie

Laura Safdie, a 2017 ABA Journal Legal Rebel, is a co-founder of Casetext, a legal research service that was recently acquired by Thomson Reuters.