An exploration, discussion (and sometimes debate) about the current and future effect of AI on the legal system.
The technology, philosophy and now ethics of AI are not only of concern in the tech world. Their impact on the legal system is already being felt in ways obvious and obscure. I hope this to be a resource for unbiased analysis of the trends in both the business of law, the legal system and the effect on all the people within it from judges, lawyers to clients.
1. Who Am I?
My name is Dean Taylor. I have been a lawyer involved in technology related civil and criminal cases since the early 2000s. I have previously created and taught law school level courses related to Electronic Evidence and Computers and The Law. I spent nearly ten years teaching Continuing Legal Education seminars to lawyers about the whole range of technology topics relevant to the practice of law. I am a court qualified expert witness in various technology areas and am now working as a full time Data Engineer. In short, the intersection that is Legal AI is something that is my background and current work. My hope is that my efforts to bring together all the various issues in this rapidly developing collision of AI and the law will help you in your everyday practice both in the office and the courtroom.
2. Why this, why now?
Frankly, 2023 has already brought about a wide understanding and discussion of AI generally due to the meteoric rise of apps like ChatGPT. These tools will not only increase in sophistication and dramatically drop in cost in the coming years, but also increase in their insinuation into nearly every aspect of our lives.
3. What kind of community are we building here?
This will be a community of lawyers and other non-lawyer stakeholders in the legal system and without interested in how this technology and its often casually accepted “black box” operational opacity will effect us all.
Initially, posts will be once weekly, appearing on Monday mornings and providing insight into some aspect of AI and the legal system. It will not be confined to merely technology, but also include questions of philosophy, culture, and fairness in the legal system along with cost savings and the impact on the business of law generally.
Legal AI accepts suggestions for upcoming articles, interview guests, etc. It does not accept money for paid placement of articles of any kind. Legal AI is an independent resource for the latest news and discussion around the impact of AI on the legal system.
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