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Adams and Reese Special Counsel Roy Hadley’s article “Time For Lawyers to Become Prompt Scientists – How AI is Being Immersed into the Legal Practice” was published in the LexisNexis July 2023 issue of Mealey’s Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce.
Hadley discusses that AI is not new to the legal profession, but with the advent of generative AI, it has become the new “it” thing” and these advances in technology can enhance the efficiency of lawyers and in law firms, just like E-Discovery improved the litigation process years ago.
He said the legal industry will see improved efficiencies in accounting and billing department assistance; document drafting, review, and other routine data-intensive, legal tasks that could help save law firms time, money, and staffing, and also increase response times to clients for these tasks. AI programs will be able to identify relevant information, recognize mistakes, and spot inconsistencies within a faster time frame than humans. It also eliminates the monotony involved in these tasks.
AI programs will assist in legal research of case law and various state and federal statutes, or comparisons of similar cases and subject matter, analyzing decisions made in different venues. They will assist in contract and legal document drafting, analysis, review, and proofreading; background for article writing and industry thought leadership content; and attorney time entry; among other matters, Hadley added.
“As generative AI becomes more mainstream and integrated into applications, lawyers will quickly learn to evolve into better “prompt scientists” – the more specific question and prompt you can deliver to these AI programs, the more sophisticated and detailed response, and better output, you will receive,” writes Hadley. “We will learn how to manipulate these programs into delivering the answers and content we desire.”
At Adams and Reese, Hadley is an advisor and attorney to high-growth businesses, governments, educational institutions, and family/closely held businesses on complex corporate transactions, particularly those involving technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, economic development, telecommunications, outsourcing, and intellectual property. He is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and author on privacy, cybersecurity, and data management, and also issues and legal concerns affecting educational institutions. He also serves as the Adams and Reese HBCU/MSI Team Leader.