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We are pleased to be able to offer a recording of this WEBINAR RECORDING and PRESENTATION SLIDES - PDF  for you to catch up on. These resources are available with Mariette and Matt's kind permission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this video and the accompanying slides from our AI seminar is accurate as of August 2023. But AI is a fast-moving field, and things can change quickly. Please be aware that some details might have changed since then. If you have any questions or need further information, don't hesitate to get in touch. Enjoy the content, and thank you for watching!

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Do you or someone you know use AI effectively in your legal practice? We'd love to hear about your experiences and how it's impacted your work.

For this webinar summary, we thought it was an opportune moment to see ChatGPT4 in action. Watch the recording, check out the summary, and see for yourself how well Chat GPT did. 

JUNO prompt: "You recently presented a webinar on AI for in-house lawyers with AI experts, and now you want to create a summary for the monthly newsletter with an audience of in-house lawyers. Please summarise this webinar transcript {text}. Include some lists and subheadings, and ensure that questions are answered and examples are provided. Make it interesting to read."


AI for In-House Lawyers

In a recent webinar, two experts delved deep into the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the legal domain, particularly for in-house lawyers. Here's a recap of the salient points and takeaways:

1. Introduction to AI Processes
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
    - Converts images of text into machine-encoded text.
Deep Learning:
    - A subset of machine learning that utilizes neural networks.
    - Functions similarly to the human brain's neurons & synapses.
    - Often referred to as the "black box" due to its opaque processing nature.

Generative AI:
    - Transforms simple inputs into intricate outputs.
    - Examples include turning a short prompt into extensive text, images, or code.

2. Spotlight on ChatGPT

GPT Overview:
    - Represents a primary example of generative AI.
    - Developed by Google, it powers tools like Google Translate.
    - Primarily designed for text transformation tasks.

ChatGPT Application:
    - A user interface integrated with GPT.
    - Manages user queries and relays responses from the language model.

Safety Features in ChatGPT:
    - Contains mechanisms to prevent misuse or contentious outputs.
    - A distinction exists between the tool (ChatGPT) and the company (OpenAI) in terms of data handling.

3. AI Data Management Insights

GPT & ChatGPT's Data Storage:
    - Minimal data retention for privacy.
    - OpenAI's data handling approach varies from GPT, underlining the need for understanding confidentiality distinctions.

4. Strengths of AI

Primarily excels in linguistic transformations like translations.
Showcases high efficiency in text-to-text conversions.

AI’s Impact on Legal Procedures

Legal Research: Generative AI boosts efficiency in sifting through legal texts, precedents, and case laws.
Contract Analysis: AI models can evaluate and even generate contracts, reducing the drafting time.
Predictive Analysis: Leveraging richer data, AI's prediction accuracy for legal outcomes can be enhanced.
Client Interactions: Generative AI enhances client-lawyer interactions, automating preliminary questions and scheduling.

AI's Role in Legal Decisions

Integrating AI in legal decisions emphasises transparency, particularly in algorithmic decisions by government agencies.
Lawyers now need a foundational understanding of AI to provide related legal advice.

Tips for Using ChatGPT in Legal Work

Starting with clear contexts results in better AI responses.
A scaffolding approach—beginning with brief requests and then elaborating—yields more precise outputs.
For "quasi-legal" situations, where legal and non-legal content intertwines, ChatGPT shines.

AI Tools for Contract Review

AI excels in scanning contracts and pinpointing clauses based on set criteria.
There are specific tools for real-time contract reviews.
A one-size-fits-all AI tool doesn't exist; solutions should be tailored to specific needs.
The human touch remains paramount, especially for vital contracts.


In conclusion, the intersection of AI and the legal realm offers many opportunities and efficiencies. But as our legal landscape constantly evolves, it's imperative for professionals to remain informed and make judicious choices when integrating AI into their workflows.