The Model Rules of Autonomous Conduct: Ethical Responsibilities of Lawyers and Artificial Intelligence
21 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019 Last revised: 9 Jul 2019
Date Written: April 18, 2019
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
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