Two examples in the news this week of the potential for AI to increase access to justice – and perhaps raise UPL issues? My hope is that the academy and the profession will focus on how this helps the public, while allowing lawyers to practice to the top of their license.
First, a 19 year old in Britain launched a bot in New York and London that allows folks to appeal their parking tickets. In April, the bot had a 64% success rate. Up next: Seattle.
Note that the developer is also working on a bot to help refugees seeking asylum, as well as a bot for HIV positive individuals to better understand their rights in disclosing their medical status. More here from Business Insider.
Second, Bloomberg reported Thursday that some countries are using automated dispute resolution tools for family law issues (divorce, child custody and support), condominium, landlord-tenant, and employment disputes. The tool uses algorithms to guide individuals “through a series of questions and explanations to help them reach a settlement by themselves.” Human adjudicators may be brought in if a settlement is not reached.