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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Your Practice

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: November 05, 2021
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• Future of Law Practice
• ABA Model Rule 5.4
• The Practice & Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)
• Prohibition Against UPL
• Forces of Change
• Access to Justice & the "Justice Gap"
• Changes in Regulations
        - Arizona
        - Utah
• Conclusion

Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: November 5, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


Mention “artificial intelligence,” and most people start rolling their eyes and making jokes about Skynet. But today’s A.I. is changing the way that many law firms operate. Rather than replacing lawyers, A.I. is taking over more and more of the grunt work that prevents lawyers from doing the higher-level work that is necessary for their practices — by streamlining case searches, brief-writing and a whole host of tasks you might not even have considered.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2021 Consumer Practice Extravaganza Virtual Conference on November 5th, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Edward J. Walters


Edward J. Walters is the CEO of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C., and one of the world’s fastest-growing legal publishers, serving more than 1.1 milllion subscribers from around the world.

Before founding Fastcase, he worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Walters is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and at Cornell Tech, where he teaches The Law of Autonomous Vehicles, a class about the frontiers of law and technology. He also is the author and editor of Data-Driven Law (Taylor & Francis 2018) and a contributing author to Legal Informatics (Cambridge 2021). From 1996-97, Mr. Walters clerked for Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also worked in The White House from 1991-93 in the Office of Media Affairs and the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.

Mr. Walters received his B.A. in government from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.

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James McCauley

Ethics Counsel
Virginia State Bar

James McCauley is the ethics counsel for the Virginia State Bar in Richmond, Va., where he serves as staff liaison to the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and manages the staff in its Legal Ethics Department and Legal Ethics Hotline. He served on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course from 2004-10, and for 15 years he taught professional responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond.

Mr. McCauley served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism from 2008-11. In 2018, he was elected “Leader of the Year” in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” awards program.

Mr. McCauley chairs the Public Statements Committee for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and American Bar Foundation. From 2014-20, he served on the board of directors for the Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP), formerly Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

Mr. McCauley is the 2021 recipient of the Travers Scholar Award, presented by the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Continuing Legal Education. He received his B.A. cum laude in political science from James Madison University in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Richmond in 1982, where he was a member of its law review.

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Prof. Lois R. Lupica

Visitor Processor of the Practice of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Prof. Lois R. Lupica is a visiting professor of the practice of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Denver and an internationally recognized expert in access to civil justice and legal innovation strategies. She is currently an affiliated faculty member at the Harvard Law School Access to Justice Lab and co-principal investigator of the Financial Distress Research Study and of the Princeton University Debt Collection Lab, and she was principal investigator of the Apps for Justice Project.

In 2019, Prof. Lupica served as Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, where she researched access to justice and legal design. Prior to joining the law school, she was the Maine Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law and director of the Affordable Housing Initiative at Seton Hall Law School.

Prof. Lupica served a term as ABI’s Resident Scholar and has received numerous honors and awards, and she has published articles on a variety of topics including the bankruptcy system, consumer finance, securitization, property and contract theory, secured transactions and legal ethics. In addition, she co-authored a leading casebook, Bankruptcy Law & Practice.

Previously, Prof. Lupica practiced business and commercial law at White & Case, Arnold & Porter and Thompson and Knight in New York. She received her B.S. in consumer economics from Cornell University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law.

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