Lawyers increasingly are using artificial intelligence (AI) in their practices to improve the efficiency and accuracy of legal services offered to their clients. But while AI offers cutting-edge advantages and benefits, it also raises complicated questions implicating professional ethics. Lawyers must be aware of the ethical issues involved in using (and not using) AI, and they must have an awareness of how AI may be flawed or biased.
Section I of this article provides an overview of AI and the different AI tools used in the practice of law. Section II, in turn, analyzes a lawyer’s ethical duties in connection with AI technology. Finally, Section III explores how bias can affect AI and the importance of using diverse teams when developing AI technology.