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AI in the Legal Industry

Exploring the Implications and Ethics of Rapid Innovation including Generative AI Tools

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Recorded Live on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, we explored AI's rapid transformation and discussed how the legal industry could leverage this technology in a responsible manner.

Our moderator, Eric Wai, Director of Client Relations at LexisNexis Canada navigated the hour alongside an esteemed panel of subject matter experts to discuss awareness, insights, and implications on this hugely popular topic.

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Expert panel 

Abdi Aidid, co-author of The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better: Professor Aidid is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and a Faculty Affiliate at the Centre for Ethics and a member of the Ethics of AI Lab. Professor Aidid has practical experience as a litigator and arbitrator at Covington & Burling LLP in New York City, and as the VP of Legal Research at Blue J, where he oversaw the development of machine learning-enabled legal research tools.

Angela Swan, Counsel at Aird & Berlis LLP and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School:  With over 50 years in the legal profession, Angela Swan has expertly filled a number of roles from professor to esteemed counsel. An award-winning author, educator, and frequently cited scholar, she is one of the most distinguished experts in Canadian contract law. For her long-standing contribution to the legal profession, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2021.

The Honourable Justice Joseph F. Kenkel of the Ontario Court of Justice: Justice Kenkel was appointed Technology Advisor to the Chief Justice in 2021. He is working on several projects for Ontario’s Courts Digital Transformation. He has been a member of the Chief Justice’s IT Committee which oversees technology issues for all three courts in the province since 2000. As a lawyer he was the defence representative to the Integrated Justice technology project in the late 1990’s.

Jennifer Belz, Senior Product Manager at LexisNexis: Jennifer is a licensed US attorney and an experienced product manager who has brought many innovations to the legal market. She has an expert understanding of legal research and research products, having worked in the legal technology space for her entire career.  She is currently Senior Product Manager for Advanced Search Capabilities and Search Strategy on the Lexis+ platform. 

Discussion points

  1. What AI-based tools are already in use in legal practice?
  2. Will AI-based tools be adopted by the courts and other legal institutions?
  3. What are the legal implications of widespread use of generative AI tools like ChatGPT by the general public?
  4. How will AI affect fundamental legal principles such as access to justice, transparency and the adversarial system?
  5. What regulations or guidelines are necessary for the responsible adoption of AI in the legal industry?


En ce qui concerne le webinaire, les notes sur les lois fournies ci-dessous par le juge Kenkel (sans ordre particulier) :

  1. CANADA – DIGITAL CHARTER IMPLEMENTATION ACT and AIDA (Artificial Intelligence and Data Act) C-27 (Past 2nd reading, gone to Standing Ctee on Industry and Technology, no hearings scheduled, 7 briefs filed)
  2. CANADA – DIRECTIVE ON AUTOMATED DECISION-MAKING – Effective 01 APR 19, applies to systems developed after 01 APR 20
  3. ONTARIO – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GUIDANCE – Updated 26 April 2023, Draft framework only
  4. EU – THE AI ACT – passed plenary vote 14 JUN 23, next step is negotiation on final form of the law (process ongoing since 2021) 100 page statute | USA – No legislation at present.
  5. MANITOBA KB – Practice Direction – Must identify the use of AI and “HOW IT WAS USED” ??
  6. LAW SOCIETY ONTARIO There’s a 2017 Practice Pro article re AI.


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