The following three articles ( The Future Is Now – Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice, Imagining a Role for Artificially Intelligent Juries, and From the Days of Orwellian Fears, to the Internet of All Things, and Now to AI…)share a theme – the potential and present effect of artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the practice of law. The articles emanate from the work of a team at the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. In May 2017, that team — Landon Bailey, Bob Bale, Hon. Kevin Culhane, Kathi Finnerty, Dustin Johnson, Kathy Keeshen, Sylvia LaRosa, Kristina McMillen, Hon. Ken Mennemeier, Tiffany Tran, and Derek Ulmer — presented a program titled: “Artificial Intelligence in the Courtroom: We Hear You Knockin’ But Should We Let You In?” The program consisted of three vignettes which introduced and provoked discussion of some of the ethical and professional issues that arise from the legal profession’s ever-increasing adoption of artificial intelligence technology. Inevitably, the program pondered the extent to which that technology may someday obviate the need to have humans perform the tasks now performed by attorneys, judges, and jurors.
The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court was founded in 1988 and meets regularly at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. The Inn is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students who meet regularly to discuss issues of civility, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law. Since 1988, the Inn’s programs have received numerous national awards, including the national First Place program award issued by the American Inns of Court in 2014, 2015, and 2016. More information about the Kennedy Inn of Court can be found at www.kennedyinn.org. In September 2017, the Inn will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding.