Does AI technology pose a challenge to the rule of law?

Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Industry

Computer simulations used in training lawyers

Global law firm Hogan Lovell has piloted a training program to train new partners in how to run a law firm.

Using a simulated model of a legal practice, participants were taken through a series of modules where the program simulated revenue of the business based on the inputs and decisions made.

Case studies were also developed to teach the new partners how to make decisions on resources and staffing, which had financial impacts on their firms.

Based on the feedback and outcomes, the firm plans to run the program again next year.

https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/top-firm-uses-computer-simulations-to-train-new-partners


Proposed specialist accreditation in class action law?

Specialist accreditation in class action law is one of the recommendations made by the Australian Law Reform Commission from its inquiry into class actions and litigation funding.

To be overseen by the Law Council of Australia, a strong emphasis would be on requiring ongoing education to identify and manage conflicts of interests and duties.

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/politics/24906-lca-should-oversee-accreditation-for-solicitors-in-class-action-law-says-alrc


AI Virtual Lawyers

Lawyers Weekly reports that an Australian legal technology company has created a prototype virtual lawyer. The “virtual lawyer” is a test for whether lawyers will eventually be replaced by robots and creates legal documents instantly, in the same way a human lawyer would do.

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/newlaw/24824-virtual-lawyer-built-for-amazon-s-alexa


AI Powered Legal Assistant

If you’ve wondered about the role of this technology in our work then you will no doubt be aware of the robust discussion happening around the use of artificial intelligence in law.

Andrew Arruda, the CEO and co-founder of Ross Intelligence spoke at the ACLEA Portland Conference in August 2018. ROSS is an advanced legal research tool that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to make the research process more efficient.  

Watch Anthony’s recent TED talk below:


Can use of algorithms lead to increased bias in the courts?

Like all such technological developments, there are unknown downsides. Law enforcement agencies and courts have begun using technology to drive practices such as suspect identification and sentencing with some unexpected consequences.

See below:

https://wjlta.com/2019/01/21/algorithmic-injustice-the-increased-prevalence-of-biased-code-in-courts-and-law-enforcement/

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