Why should attorneys consider upskilling with AI?

According to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers must maintain competence and keep up with new technology. Comment 8 states, “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.“ This means that as new technology such as AI is being developed and can significantly reduce workload of tedious tasks, lawyers should consider studying the implications of it on improving the quality and efficiency of their work. Spending less time on legal research and drafting will allow lawyers to provide more value through increased focus on analytical work.

Source: ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct