Some lawyers may be skeptical of artificial intelligence (AI) in their practice, but many are already leveraging the technology without realizing it, said panelists at a recent University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School webinar. While the usage of AI will only increase, the panelists noted that data restrictions and ethical concerns threaten the evolution of software in the legal industry.

During Wednesday’s “Reimagining the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Legal Services” online webinar, moderator and executive director Jonathan Petts noted the term “artificial intelligence” can invoke strong fears that “robo lawyers” will replace attorneys. But Petts argued such fears weren’t necessary because AI would allow lawyers to concentrate on providing counsel and strategizing for clients.