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Navigating & Using AI: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

  • 8 May 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
  • ZOOM



Generative AI is a rapidly evolving and impactful part of the American national conversation. Lawyers stand to gain substantial benefits from the technology, but as regulated professionals, they bear significant risks related to the proper use and perception of the use of this technology.

This session offers a reasonably detailed analysis of generative AI technology, including its methodologies, design limitations, and significant drawbacks. We also survey contemporary commercial applications of AI from the general public to lawyers and discuss the prevailing ethical and professional responsibility issues facing lawyers, from State to Federal.

This program is ideal for attorneys of any age or tenure interested in becoming competent in AI offerings and learning about the professional responsibility issues surrounding it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define artificial intelligence in the legal profession

  • Evaluate the difference between AI and other technologies like Machine Learning.

  • Recognize the general technical designs of AI and their inherent flaws

  • Discuss the ethical and professional responsibility issues of AI

  • Analyze the different commercial offerings of AI

  • Categorize the limitations in legal-specific offerings and begin to model your exploration of the various tools in the market today

  • Discern the current regulatory response to generative AI in legal practice at the state and federal levels

  • Summarize the practical implications - client perception - facing lawyers using AI


About the Presenters

Kaelyn Romey, Esq.   

University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco, Visiting Professor

Professor Romey joined academia as the Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law in 2017. She is currently a visiting professor at UC Law SF (formerly Hastings) teaching trial advocacy skills and defending depositions. She also teaches Evidence, Criminal Trial Advocacy, Tax Litigation, Federal Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Mock Trial, and Expert Witnesses. Prior to her Litigation Director role, she was Senior Counsel for 11 years at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel specializing in federal tax controversy litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. Ms. Romey also counseled special enforcement agents regarding cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and abusive transaction case development. She successfully settled hundreds of cases and litigated over two dozen cases as lead trial counsel before the United States Tax Court.

Prior to working with the federal government, Professor Romey worked in private practice for several years in civil litigation, taxation, and real estate.

Ms. Romey conducts nationwide trainings for NITA, TACT, the IRS Chief Counsel, in effective cross examination, deposition, and trial skills. Throughout her academic and professional careers, she actively leads committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations including an executive committee leadership role with the California State Bar Taxation Section. She was the Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting, chaired the 2016 DC Delegation, chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, and served on the BASF executive board.

Erik Knuppel, Esq.

Director of Marketplace Optimization, Commercial Counsel, Karat

Erik Knuppel is an experienced and passionate leader in operations, product development, and marketplaces. He has a passion for leading teams to solve complex problems and has a track record of success in scaling hypergrowth startups and executing fast pivots for legacy business models.

With a background in law, Mr. Knuppel led functions from Ops, Product, and GTM Ops and Analytics. He has experience in consumer web, tech-enabled professional services, and platform models.

He is proud to be a part of a great team which attacks tough problems in a big market.

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