Ethics of Using Advanced Technology in Legal Research

Recorded On: 07/23/2021

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While many are aware that the newest legal research tools often incorporate advanced technology such as machine learning, tried-and-true tools may employ advanced tech as well. Most states’ ethics rules require lawyers to be technologically competent. The main ethical rules—competence, diligence, and supervision—need to be examined in light of the array of artificial intelligence technologies we use. What training are we ethically required to put in place? Should we disclose to others the artificial intelligence in the tools we use? How do we develop best practices? How do we understand and verify the results of automated legal and factual research? Learn more from our panel, including an ethics expert, a technology expert, and legal professionals who develop or work with research tools

Recorded at the 2021 AALL Virtual Conference. Please note the opinions shared during the programs represent the views of the speakers and not of AALL.


All librarians who use (or whose patrons use) information resources built on AI.


  1. Participants will be able to identify the ethics rules that apply to technology and share that knowledge with the attorneys in their organizations.
  2. Participants will be able to explain how some research technologies work in order to assess the strengths and limitations of these tools.
  3. Participants will be able to employ some of the best practices that apply to the use of advanced technology tools.


  • Darla W. Jackson, University of Oklahoma Law Library
  • Daniel W. Linna, Jr., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering
  • Catherine Sanders Reach, Center for Practice Management at North Carolina Bar Association


  • Michael Bernier, Bloomberg Law


  • Mindy Rattan, Bloomberg Law

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Research + Analysis, Information Management

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Ethics of Using Advanced Technology in Legal Research
Recorded 07/23/2021
Recorded 07/23/2021