Blazing a Trail for AI in Legal
AI Visionaries is an annual list that recognizes and celebrates individuals who have explored, promoted, or experimented with AI in novel ways in legal applications.
2024 AI Visionaries
For generative AI to be in vogue now has created this tidal wave of enthusiasm. It's really limitless in where it can help. So it's just a matter of finding those use cases, tinkering with it, and validating it to see where you can keep moving forward.
I loved being a lawyer and my career in innovation first came out of finding more efficient ways to do the parts of my job that didn't require a lawyer brain. I want that for more lawyers, that's why I do what I do.
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Generative AI is the most transformative technology since electricity, and its capabilities are growing virtually daily. It creates the potential for massive improvements in just about every part of our society. But it will also be incredibly disruptive.
I like to think that we in e-discovery can explore, implement, and support emerging technologies in ways that meaningfully improve the practice of law.
e-Discovery folks know data, have been talking about growing data volumes and the challenges those volumes present for years, and now we have generative AI that can help us solve some those challenges we have been facing. How exciting is that?
Today, AI skills are an advantage. Tomorrow they will be a necessity.
Those of us who understand e-discovery understand the importance of data engineering. These skills are called feature engineering when working with data for AI. What we refer to as processing, review, production, and search is feature engineering, content curation, model output, and prompt engineering in AI applications. Professionals from our industry will be clearly advantaged in the future.
The combination of responsible AI and lawyers who have the technological competence to maximize it will enhance the practice of law.
AI in e-discovery is primarily used to augment human capabilities, not replace them. Human judgment, interpretation, and decision-making, especially in nuanced legal contexts, remain crucial.
In 2024, with the publication of key international AI standards, the certification of organisations for their AI will be a new reality, and I am looking forward to continuing to guide organisations on how to uplift their processes, prepare for the upcoming certification and scale AI responsibly.
It is incumbent on legal technology professionals to explain exactly what AI is being used for, what the checks and balances in place are, and what the limitations are. We have a duty to ensure that a client's data is only used for the purpose for which it has been provided.
The most important element in driving adoption of generative AI is to embed it into processes and platforms that knowledge workers are familiar with. It's about bringing the novelty to the familiarity, so it can be blended into practices they're comfortable with.
In order to unlock the benefits of AI, we must make trust the top priority. This requires heightened awareness and understanding of the risks, responsibility, and potential impact. If we can effectively leverage AI within the legal system, other highly regulated industries can also benefit from the technology.
Leo (Leonardo) Murgel
What excites me most is the strategic value AI enables us to create for clients, not just improving efficiency. The latest AI developments unlock the potential to support clients with work that was not possible before.
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Our stance is responsible AI. We're looking at it like any other technology: examining the uses cases, the ROI, and making sure that, when we implement it, we do so safely and responsibly.
I'm excited to see AI applied to those areas of practice that are presently underserved, due to cost or other resource issues. That is, there are vast troves of information that deserve review or evaluation where it will eventually be cost-effective to address them.
We could all benefit equally from the potential of AI, but litigation and discovery specifically have the opportunity to kick the tires and develop expertise around it more quickly than other groups.
AI tools are not perfect and may never be, but don't let perfect get in the way of progress. In the long run, organizations that fail to capitalize on the power of AI will be unable to remain cost-competitive, losing clients and undermining their ability to attract and retain talent.
Josh (Joshua) Treat