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Working 'in Tandem' - AI for Legal Research
March 21, noon-1 p.m.
Since the 12th century, the technology we use to access the law has framed the way we think about the craft of practicing the law. Are new artificial intelligence tools situated at the cutting edge, reforming our perception of legal practice? Or are they better situated in a prior era? The answer is, 'it depends.' We'll briefly review some basic principles of AI including:
- What's AI good for in law and more specifically, are LLM's good for legal research?
- Some terminology (RAG, LLM, Temperature, etc.)
- Is 'trust but verify' a workable, long-term paradigm?
We'll also take a look at real-world research examples using Westlaw Precision and other tools. We'll consider strategies for using AI as part of (rather than a replacement for) a research project. We'll also consider whether pairing AI with other tools like legal taxonomies (i.e., SALI and the Key Number System) might deliver better results for researchers.
Mike Carlson is owner and founder of Gray Paper Legal, LLC. He was the practice management advisor for the Minnesota State Bar Association and served for a decade as reference staff attorney at Thomson Reuters.
If interested, you can
register through Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library at 651-438-8080 or email email@example.com.