NSW Law Society announces expert taskforce for AI challenges

The taskforce will pull members from the law, the justice system, academia and government

NSW Law Society announces expert taskforce for AI challenges

In a move to address the evolving landscape of AI in the legal profession, the Law Society of NSW is set to establish a taskforce comprising legal and tech experts.

The taskforce will guide the state’s 40,000 solicitors through the pros and cons of AI, while also guiding its regulation by the government. New NSW Law Society President Brett McGrath announced the initiative on 31 January at the Opening of the 2024 Law Term.

“The taskforce is central to the Law Society’s commitment to supporting the entire profession as it adapts to technological and innovative advancements that shape the justice system and the way legal services are delivered,” he said. “The Law Society has already contributed its expertise in submissions to government inquiries into AI at both the federal and state levels. The work of the new AI taskforce will benefit the Law Society’s members, who work across private practice, the government legal sector, in-house lawyers, and the legal assistance sector”.

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McGrath confirmed that the taskforce members would come from various sectors, including the law, the justice system, academia and government.

“The work of the taskforce will enhance the Law Society’s work to ensure that NSW leads the way in harnessing the best that AI has to offer for the legal profession while mitigating the risks”, he said.

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