The ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast features men and women who are remaking the legal profession and highlights the pioneers who are changing the way law is practiced and setting the standards that will guide the profession in the future.
How this lawyer uses TikTok to skewer law firm culture
Legal professionals are not immune to the pull of platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and YouTube Shorts. Some are even using short-form videos to inform clients about their law practice; build their business or brand; or shed light on the culture of BigLaw, crafting short-form video content giving an insider look at the profession.
Among them is Alex Su, a former lawyer and head of community development at Ironclad, a contract management software company.
How generative AI is already changing contract review
One of the areas that has already felt the effects of ChatGPT and other large language models is contracts. Users can now use these AI-enhanced tools to help them quickly draft, analyze and review contracts. All you have to do is type in what you want, and the tech does the rest. Of course, it isn’t that simple. The technology is still in its infancy, and there are limits to what it can do.
What is the future of remote working in the law firm world?
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home and communicating and collaborating via real-time communication tools has become the norm for many law firms and offices. The benefits of such arrangements are obvious. However, some firms, including several of the largest in the country, have begged to differ. Citing a need to maintain or preserve office culture and strengthen personal connections, these firms are now mandating at least four days in the office per week.
Changing the culture at law firms to promote wellness and mental well-being
For decades, lawyers who worked in BigLaw could expect some version of the following: Work long hours, including nights and weekends, with minimal free time, giving up almost all semblances of a social life. The reward: money and a potential partnership. And if you didn’t like it, there was the door. And if you were having mental health or wellness issues, then suck it up and deal with it.
How GPT and other large language models could change e-discovery
When technologically assisted review first started gaining traction in e-discovery in the 2010s, many of the same superlatives assigned to ChatGPT were used to describe this groundbreaking new process that purported to review documents faster and more accurately than humans. Lawyers would get hours and hours of time back, and clients would save tons of money.
What could AI regulation in the US look like?
In the United States, there has been very little movement toward establishing a regulatory framework at the federal level for artificial intelligence. Why is that?
ChatGPT, the large language model released by OpenAI, is one of several such tools that have revolutionized the legal industry in a short amount of time, igniting debates about whether artificial intelligence has to be regulated—and by whom. The European Union recently took the first step toward passing the AI Act, whereby regulation would increase in proportion with the potential threat to privacy and safety that an AI system poses. China has also drafted rules to regulate AI.
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Legal Rebels Podcast w/trailblazers
Like Laurence I’m a little biased. As one of the editors at the ABA Journal I’m delighted to see this project underway. It adds a dimension to our popular Legal Rebels project and gives us a platform to deepen the discussion with innovators and trailblazers in the legal profession.
Paperless law office--interesting
Terry Carter does a great job dissecting how to dive in to the paperless lawyer's world. Very solid info here. Our office "went paperless" as to our new files, and left all existing paper files as is. That way we didn't freak out. Svenson has really good advice on how to get started. Perfect lawyer topic.