Womble Bond Dickinson Vice Chair Ellen Gregg and Chief Knowledge Officer Bill Koch have written an article titled “How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Litigation” for the Summer 2019 Loss Prevention Journal, a publication of the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS).
Increasingly, artificial intelligence (AI) is finding a place in the legal workplace. AI technology initially was used for mundane tasks, such as scanning documents and checking records, but as the technology is becoming more sophisticated, it is being employed for more complex work. Gregg and Koch examine the legal ethical issues surrounding AI’s current and anticipated use in litigation, as well as the role lawyers should play in working with artificial intelligence.
“Experience to date shows that AI is best deployed in conjunction with—and not to the exclusion of—a human,” Gregg and Koch write. For example, lawyers must remain attentive and not become overly comfortable with the results delivered by AI.
“Lawyers at all levels must resist the temptation to view AI as an easy or complete solution to complex legal challenges. The better view is that AI is a limited tool that can mitigate the risk of human errors,” Gregg and Koch write.
The article was adapted from written materials created for the ALAS December 2018 Litigation Consultation Group Conference. ALAS Vice President—Senior Loss Prevention Counsel Dan Smith moderated that program. Womble Bond Dickinson is an ALAS member firm.