Published on January 29, 2024, 11:28 pm

The Rise Of Generative Ai In The Legal Profession: Automating Tasks And Empowering Lawyers

Subscribe to get the latest news, commentary, and opinions on law firms, lawyers, law schools, lawsuits, judges, and more. In today’s Quote of the Day feature, David Cunningham, chief innovation officer at Reed Smith, discusses the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in the legal profession.

While some firms have chosen not to utilize ChatGPT and treat it as a non-existent tool, Reed Smith has implemented guidelines for its careful use. Lawyers are discovering that generative AI can automate low-rate work that previously lacked budget allocation. This automation allows legal professionals to invest more time in digging deeper into complex issues and focusing on higher-value work for their clients. Cunningham emphasizes that they view it as a way to enhance quality rather than replace human involvement entirely.

The American Lawyer reached out to members of the Am Law 100 to explore how firms were leveraging generative AI. Out of the 41 firms that responded, there is a range of common uses for this technology. Some firms employ it for summarizing documents and generating transcripts. Others utilize it for legal research or drafting marketing materials and attorney bios. Additionally, there are instances where generative AI assists in drafting legal material and conducting e-discovery.

Generative AI is proving itself as a valuable tool within the legal space. It enables lawyers to streamline routine tasks while providing opportunities for deeper analysis and delivering more value to clients.

Staci Zaretsky, senior editor at Above the Law since 2011, invites readers to reach out with any tips or questions related to these developments. You can find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to make its mark in various industries, including law. The incorporation of generative AI is transforming legal practices by automating repetitive tasks and empowering lawyers with more time for high-level work.

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