The Model Rules of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers and Artificial Intelligence

21 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019 Last revised: 9 Jul 2019

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Ed Walters

Georgetown University Law Center; Cornell University - Cornell Tech NYC; Fastcase

Date Written: April 18, 2019

Abstract

Lawyers are increasingly using software tools and artificial intelligence to augment their provision of legal services. This paper reviews the professional responsibilities of those lawyers under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and previews how the rules might apply to AI software not yet developed but just on the horizon. Although lawyers frequently use their professional responsibility as a brake on innovation, the Model Rules in many cases actually require them to adopt new methods of delivering legal services. The paper also surveys ways that the Model Rules might be changed to protect consumers in the near future as AI tools grow in scope.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Model Rules, Legal Ethics, Malpractice, Professional Responsibility

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Walters, Ed, The Model Rules of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers and Artificial Intelligence (April 18, 2019). Ed Walters, The Model Rules of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers and Artificial Intelligence, 35 Georgia State University Law Review 1073 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3375045

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