Practice Law With AI (Without Losing Your Law License)

In May 2023, a federal judge in New York discovered six fake cases cited in a plaintiff’s attorney’s brief. The lawyer’s response? He used ChatGPT and was “unaware of the possibility that its contents could be false.” The subsequent sanctions hearing spurred much conversation in the legal community. Should lawyers steer clear of AI tools like ChatGPT? Or would prohibiting the use of AI altogether be a disservice to lawyers and their clients? So long as lawyers understand the limitations of the technology and their responsibilities under the rules of professional conduct, AI tools have the potential to greatly benefit their practice.


  • When AI Is Wrong: Mata v. Avianca, Inc.
    • A review of Mata v. Avianca, Inc., where a New York attorney was sanctioned for submitting a brief written with ChatGPT that cited fake cases, quotes, and citations
    • How judges and courts are responding to the use of AI by lawyers

  • What Is AI?
    • AI is a tool used to imitate intelligent human behavior
    • Tools like generative AI are not programmed, they are trained
    • How does an AI tool like ChatGPT work?
    • The advantages and disadvantages of AI

  • Using AI in Your Practice
    • Communications
    • Research
    • Contracts
    • Pleadings
    • Discovery
    • Trial
    • Marketing

  • The Ethics of Using AI in Your Practice
    • ABA Model Rule 1.1 (Comment 8)
    • ABA Model Rule 5.3
    • ABA Formal Opinion 506
    • ABA Model Rule 3.3
    • ABA Model Rule 1.6
    • Other potential issues, including data breaches, copyright, etc.

  • Questions & Answers
Topics covered include: Legal Tech
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: July 31, 2023 12:00 PM PT
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Kara Simon
Kara Simon Editorial Team Member at Justia
Kara Simon is a lawyer and a member of the Justia Editorial Team. In this role, she blends her knowledge of the law with her skill in crafting engaging and approachable content. She earned her B.A. in writing from John Carroll University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she served as the Technical Production Editor of the Annals of Health Law and Life Sciences and a Health Justice Project Fellow. Before joining Justia, Kara worked as a litigation attorney in Chicago.
Marina Wilson

Marina Wilson joined DeShazo Adams as an associate in 2024. Her practice includes employment, education, and insurance defense matters. A graduate of LSU Law School, Marina received the Second Place Best Oralist award in the LSU Law Dean’s Cup Competition in 2019 and was a Semi-Finalist at the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. She earned recognition for her academic performance in Constitutional Law II, Introduction to Environmental Law, Energy Law and Regulation, Climate Change Law, and Sports Law. While at LSU Law, Marina also served as a member of the Board of Advocates. Read More ›

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