We begin with a roundtable discussion, featuring a panel of experts addressing how AI can be used by attorneys to improve access to justice. Underserved communities can be reached when AI technology is used to assist in legal research, create and analyze documents, manage online dispute resolution, predict outcomes and translate documents and conversations in plain language.
Next, Catherine Sanders Reach and Ben Schorr address the close connection between AI and Knowledge Management in “AI and KM: Two Great Tools That Work Great Together .” This article provides many useful examples of how law firms can achieve KM by automating the creation and generation of knowledge assets, and then accessing and utilizing them. Reach and Schorr also review some of the products and tools that use generative AI for KM––and briefly preview some of the submissions to the TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition that will focus on the intersection of KM and generative AI.
Jayne Reardon and Tom Martin address ethical issues in “The Ethics and Regulation of AI,” exploring the ethical and legal challenges posed by generative AI, and the ethical obligations of lawyers who use AI tools, such as the need for competence and supervision of others, preservation of client confidentiality and whether to inform clients or the courts about the use of AI. These challenges have led many entities to attempt regulation of AI, but those policies need to be harmonized with the technological advancements.
Dan Siegel also takes on ethical concerns from the perspective of individual attorney practice in “Ethical Implications of Using Generative AI.” AI can help lawyers with tasks like legal research, document drafting, and case prediction, but there are also many potential pitfalls, including inaccurate or fabricated results, confidentiality breaches and unauthorized practice of law. He concludes by suggesting some ways for lawyers to experiment with AI tools.
We take a break from AI with Charity Anastasio’s article, “Here Comes the Sun: It’s Time to Change Multijurisdictional Practice Rule 5.5.” Proposed revisions to the Rule would allow lawyers to provide legal services in any jurisdiction if they disclose their admission status, comply with the local rules of conduct and do not assist in the unauthorized practice of law.
Finally, Becka Rich and Jenny Wondracek’s article, “AI as a Second Brain,” considers how AI can serve as a “second brain” for lawyers, especially those with cognitive or memory challenges. They also explore how to effectively employ detail, specificity, examples and context in AI prompts to obtain the most effective results.
Like this issue, this year’s TECHSHOW will advance AI skills and knowledge for lawyers––whether you are at the beginning or well along the way of your AI journey. I hope to see you in Chicago, February 14–16!