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Ethics and Artifcial Intelligence: What Lawyers Should Know (Live Replay from December 10, 2021)

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The use of artificial intelligence is not some distant prospect. Many of the tools lawyers use today – online research platforms that suggest other areas for research, software packages that help complete forms or propose or assemble language, and discovery tools that sort through documents – are driven by artificial intelligence.

These and other AI engineered legal tools raise substantial ethical issues.

  • Are they the unauthorized practice of law?
  • Have lawyers researched their capabilities such that they are competent to use them?
  • How must lawyers supervise their use by non-lawyer staff?

This program provides a guide to ethics issues when using software and other technology tools based on AI in law practice.

  • What duties do lawyers have to investigate and understand AI in the tools they use?
  • Does AI constitute the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in a state?
  • Do software packages that draft language and assemble forms violate ethics rules?
  • What supervisory and training obligations do lawyers have for non-lawyer staff using these tools?
  • Are there ethics concerns of using AI in discovery?
  • Must lawyers warn clients that they use AI?


  • Thomas E. Spahn

    Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide," a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School

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August 29, 2022
Mon 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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