CLE Program

Take Heed Against Hallucinated Cases: AI's Intersection with Legal Research - POSTPONED


Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Runtime: 1:30h

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving quickly and forecast to impact all areas of legal practice. This program will focus on the intersection of generative AI (GenAI) and legal research.

Querying prompts within GenAI systems is different from using search engines and also different from using Boolean searches within legal research databases. AIs that use open systems are significantly different from closed systems.

A lack of knowledge has led to hallucinated case citations and disciplinary troubles for lawyers both in Massachusetts and across the country. Hallucinations are when GenAI (within open systems such as ChatGPT) generates case citations but the legal cases themselves do not exist. Utilizing proper tools and legal research principles safeguards against such dangers.

There will be an overview of some AI legal research tools currently on the market and those in development, with examples such as Casetext CoCounsel, Descrybe and vLex Vincent.

This panel has a breadth and depth of expertise, from panelists who present nationally on tech, including AI; to an acclaimed law librarian who is a regular panelist on Bob Ambrogi's Legal Tech Weekly Roundtable; to innovative Massachusetts-based founders of a great free legal research tool that can search across and summarize 2.5 million judicial decisions. Come learn about AI's intersection with legal research and ask questions.

This program will be hosted using Zoom. Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in order to participate in this program. An email from MassBar Education will be sent with the Webinar ID and Password before the program.


Laura Keeler, Program Chair
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers | MassLOMAP, Boston
Richard DiBona, Panelist
Descrybe.AI, Newton
Jean O'Grady, Panelist
Verizon Communications, New York
Kara Peterson, Panelist
Descrybe.AI, Newton

Sponsoring Sections:

Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management Section

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