On Oct. 24, join Silicon Flatirons, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at Colorado Law, and the Colorado Access to Justice Commission for the second return of the AI Ethics Lecture Series, held in Wolf Law’s Wittemyer Courtroom, with a livestream option available for those unable to attend in person. The event, “ChatGPT Should be Admitted to Practice Law in Colorado. Talk Amongst Yourselves,” explores whether Generative AI tools should be embraced as part of the solution to access to justice woes.
Nationwide, individuals who lack access to resources necessary to navigate the legal system are systematically disadvantaged-- and Colorado is no stranger to this difficulty. As a 2021 report from the Colorado Access to Justice Commission found, “Coloradans increasingly face civil justice issues that impact vital human needs, like housing, safety, family, physical and mental health, and economic security. Most people must try to resolve these issues without legal help, despite being ill-equipped to navigate an unfamiliar and complex civil justice system alone.”
Technology is seen by some as a solution to help address widespread access to justice shortcomings. The past year has seen a remarkable surge in the ability of generative artificial intelligence (“Generative AI”) to produce sophisticated content. Generative AI products, such as OpenAI’s GPT-4, create content that is inexpensive and – with some notable caveats – often highly valuable. Legal practitioners, scholars, and technologists now use – and refine – Generative AI’s ability to create legal content.
The Oct. 24 AI Ethics Lecture series will bring together an esteemed panel of experts to examine specific access to justice shortcomings, the state of Generative AI tools, and the pros and cons of more widespread use of Generative AI in connection with legal counseling. This event will take a close look at the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, with a view towards what is currently permissible under the rules, and whether some rules might need to be reconsidered. Finally, this event considers – most fundamentally – what it is to be an attorney and how to serve a client’s best interests.
The event will begin with a light dinner and networking session at 5 pm, with the formal program beginning at 5:30. The presentation will conclude with an audience Q&A. More information and registration available at https://siliconflatirons.org/events/ai-ethics-series-2023-10-24/.