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Dear Members: For our January Meetup, we will hear from Prof. Drew Simshaw on the topic of ethical issues arising from lawyers’ and law firms’ use of AI in the practice of law. This Meetup is offered as a member benefit to Section members, although does not include CLE credits. Our topic: Artificial intelligence is poised to drastically transform the legal services landscape. “Bots,” automated expert systems, and predictive analytics are already changing the way consumers seek, and lawyers provide, legal services. Among other impacts, AI has the potential to increase access to justice in the self-help, individual, and corporate law firm markets by lowering costs and expanding services to untapped markets. The current literature in this area asks whether and by whom legal AI services should be regulated, but these questions will likely not be answered (or even answerable) until AI’s impact on the profession is more cognizable. Meanwhile, there is currently no comprehensive guidance for attorneys on how AI should be developed, adopted, and used ethically. This presentation will explore the types of AI being implemented in law practice, identify characteristics of these emerging services that will present ethical tensions and challenges, examine existing guidance from the ABA and state bar authorities concerning new technology in practice, and identify areas where this guidance might not be sufficient to confront the unique ethical issues presented by AI. It will also offer recommendations as a starting point for attorneys, bar authorities, and academics to confront these critical challenges so that AI can be developed, adopted, and used ethically and in a way that will ultimately improve access to justice. Our speaker: Professor Simshaw researches and publishes in the areas of communications and technology law, including the regulation of emerging technologies, the ethical implications of technology in law practice, and legal practice pedagogy in light of new technologies. His article, Ethical Issues in Robo-Lawyering: The Need for Guidance on Developing and Using Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law, forthcoming in the Hastings Law Journal, was presented at Yale Law School’s 2017 We Robot Conference, and is the culmination of research he has presented at workshops, discussion groups, CLEs, and webinars hosted by, among others, Georgetown Law School, the American Association of Law Schools, and the AI and Robotics Committee of the American Bar Association. Professor Simshaw is a former supervising attorney with the Institute for Public Representation, where he specialized in communications and technology law and represented public interest organizations in rulemakings and adjudications before federal agencies and in litigation before federal appellate courts. A proud AmeriCorps alum, Professor Simshaw earned his B.A. from the University of Washington, his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where he served as an Articles Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal, and his LL.M. in Advocacy with distinction from Georgetown Law. Prof. Simshaw has accepted a position as law professor at Gonzaga University in Washington State, which he will start later this year. Please leave a comment if you can make it to the meeting location in person. Otherwise, if you are remote here is a link to the Zoom videoconference link to participate. Once you click on the link, it will give you the option of viewing and listening to the program using your computer or dialing in to a phone number that the system will provide. Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/221891413 Slides: Slides (if any) will be shown using the Zoom video conference system and a pdf provided after the program. We hope you can attend this talk, and thank you for your interest.