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Law firms and sole practitioners alike are turning to artificial intelligence -- also known as “AI” -- and other tools to not only keep pace with technological advancements but to remain efficient and competitive. By way of example, AI can be used to streamline and enhance document automation, for contract review purposes, and even legal research. But its implementation is fraught with a unique set of challenges ... and quite a few ethical considerations.
For instance, Joshua Browder - - the CEO of a legal tech company DoNotPay - - designed an AI-powered “robot lawyer” to help users contest traffic tickets in court. However, the plan to make its first appearance in court came to a jarring halt when Browder received threats of imprisonment from several state bars. The use of AI has been viewed as the “unauthorized practice of law” -- a criminal offense in many jurisdictions. Consequently, DoNotPay has shifted its focus to helping users perform other legal tasks, including disputing their bills.
That recent story certainly underscores the need for caution as technology continues to evolve and shapes the legal industry's course. If we were to venture a guess, in the not-too-distant-future, AI will totally revamp how attorneys operate their practices, and that will likely lead to the loss of an unprecedented number of job opportunities.
Even though it's expected that the human fall-out will be significant, many believe resistance will be futile ….
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