AI technologies have the potential to transform the practice of law by enhancing the efficiency and quality of legal work. On one level, AI systems are simply tools- no different from email services or word processes. On another, they present unique risks. While they are simply ‘tools’, there are some unique characteristics that need careful consideration: including whether confidential data is used to ‘train’ an AI model, and whether lawyers are able to continue to exercise professional judgment.
As AI becomes more prevalent, lawyers will need to develop competence with these advanced technologies to deliver the best possible service to their clients, and we believe to satisfy their duty to clients under professional conduct rules. They must understand how AI tools work, evaluate their strengths and limitations, and properly supervise the results.