Ethical considerations in the use of AI

Summary: The increasing use of AI, including ChatGPT, poses both opportunities and ethical challenges for the legal profession. Lawyers must ensure their use of AI complies with the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Key ethical considerations include competence in understanding AI’s risks and benefits, communication with clients about AI usage, fees related to AI-assisted work, confidentiality concerns regarding AI tools, and supervision of AI’s role in legal practice. Lawyers should exercise caution, consult technology experts, and diligently review AI-generated work product to uphold ethical standards while benefiting from AI tools.

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