Cassandre Coyer: For E-Discovery Professionals, Will Generative AI Mean More Career Opportunities?

Extract from Cassandre Coyer’s article “For E-Discovery Professionals, Will Generative AI Mean More Career Opportunities?”

Each new advancement in generative AI has been trailed by conversations about the new risks it brings to its users—whether it be security, data privacy or concerns around biased outcomes.

While these risks appear to be new in shape or form, for some legal professionals, and especially e-discovery professionals, they have an air of déjà vu. But whether—and how—e-discovery experts will leverage their familiarity with AI technology into new career opportunities is still to be seen.

On Wednesday, a panel of industry experts at the “The Transformative Role of eDiscovery Professionals in AI Ethics & the Judiciary” session at the Master’s Conference in Washington, D.C., attempted to answer that question and discussed the role that e-discovery professionals can play amid the generative AI wave.

To be sure, e-discovery professionals have been using artificial intelligence in their work for some time, perhaps most significantly with technology-assisted review (TAR) 1.0 and 2.0.

The wave of disruption brought by generative AI should be a time for e-discovery professionals to consider what they can bring to the ongoing conversations happening in the legal industry, noted Rachel See, attorney and former senior counsel for AI and algorithm bias at the EEOC.

“I really want to encourage you all who still say you are e-discovery people or think you’re still e-discovery people to, when you’re thinking about AI, take a giant step backwards and think about what sea changes are about to happen because of technology, and … what seat at the table you all want to have and what seat at the table we need to have,” See noted.

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