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May 22, 2024

ABA hosts artificial intelligence primer for congressional policymakers

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2024 –The American Bar Association Governmental Affairs Office is hosting a discussion about the nuances and challenges of maintaining data privacy, protecting the attorney-client privilege and managing other pitfalls that arise from the integration of artificial intelligence in the legal profession. This event will aid Congress as it seeks to develop federal legislation to ensure the U.S. will continue to maintain and defend its position as the most innovative and industrious country in the world while preserving cherished American liberties.

What:         “AI in the Legal Profession: A Crash Course for Congress”

When:        Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m. EDT

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2237
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C.

This event, co-sponsored by the ABA’s Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence and the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, serves as a primer for policymakers, offering a concise overview of generative AI's definitions and key concepts. The panel will feature five of America’s most distinguished legal scholars, jurists and practitioners in the fields of AI, cybersecurity and data privacy.

  • The panel will be moderated by Gage Javier,  an associate at Crowell & Moring and a member of its Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. Panelists will include the retired Judge Paul Grimm,   U.S. District Court of Maryland; Theodore "Ted" Claypoole, a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and former in-house data and technology counsel for Bank of America and CompuServe; Aaron C. Cummings, co-chair of the Government Affairs Group at Crowell & Moring and former chief of staff for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa; Cheryl Mason, author of Dare To Relate: Leading with a Fierce Heart and former chair of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Harvey Rishikof,  former dean of law and national security studies at the National War College and current director of policy and cybersecurity  research and visiting research professor at the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and security. 

The event will include:

  • A concise overview of generative AI definitions
  • Key concepts and related issues, such as digital privacy considerations
  • The implications of generative AI
  • Ideas and new concepts that policymakers can implement to help foster effective AI development programs
  • Risk and mitigation strategies

Time will also be reserved for a Q&A session. Register for the event here.

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