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AI Language Models for Law: Potential and Pitfalls by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Webinar

June 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Seminar Overview       

When ChatGPT was released in late 2022, large language models (LLMs) went from being a fringe pursuit to being a mainstream preoccupation. This presentation will address how LLMs may affect the practice of law and the pitfalls that the legal community could face in adapting to the new technology. It will give a primer on how LLMs work, how useful they are at present, and how this will affect the practice of law in the short to medium term.

Seminar Presenters

Amy Salyzyn 

Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Professor Salyzyn has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, technology in legal service delivery and access to justice, having now published over 20 articles in Canadian and international journals on these topics. She is also the author of three book chapters, including a chapter on client confidentiality in Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 4th ed. Professor Salyzyn is a regular legal ethics columnist for Prior to entering academia, Professor Salyzyn received her J.S.D. and LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School, where she was awarded the Dean’s Key upon graduation. Before coming to the University of Ottawa, Professor Salyzyn also served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and practiced at a Toronto litigation boutique. She is currently the Board Chair for the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.

Peter Wills

Peter Wills is a Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the application of tort law doctrine to events caused by various forms of artificial intelligence, including large language models (LLMs). He has taught Private International Law and a course on computer programming for lawyers at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University and has clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Rowe and at the Court of Appeal for British Columbia for Chief Justice Bauman. He holds law degrees from Harvard Law School (JD) and the University of Cambridge (LLM). He also holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto and once spent a year making robots decorate cupcakes.

Registration Fee  
$57.50 ($50.00 + HST)  HST # R108086463

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CPD Credit
1.5 hours


June 21, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador