AI, ChatGPT, and The Legal Profession

Date: Dec 15, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $152

Non-Member Price: $190

Event Code: I1324232

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys, Law Office Management

Earn up to 3.3 credits! (More Information)




Dr. Robert Spangler
Assistant Executive Director and CISO
New Jersey State Bar Association
is the Senior Director of Marketing for the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has more than 15 years of experience in print media, brand development and marketing, including more than 12 years’ experience with search engine placement and web technologies.

Dr. Spangler has been recognized in publications including the Washington Post as an expert in marketing and technology. His associations include the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation, the Marketing Research Association and the Official Direct Marketing Association. He has lectured on brand development/marketing technology domestically and abroad.

Dr. Spangler received his BSBA and MBA in Marketing, Communications and Business Administration from Centenary College. He received his D.B.A. in Social Media Marketing from Walden University.


Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.
Co-Chair, New JerseySBA Task Force on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Law
XPAN Law Partners LLP, Marlton

Pioneering the Future of Law (Safely & Responsibly)

Are you looking to catch up and gain a functional understanding of why everyone is discussing AI and the legal profession? This fast-paced program will provide you with everything you need to know (without the endless tech jargon) to harness AI's potential responsibly while learning more about its profound implications for the legal sector. As an attendee, you'll pick up the expertise essential for excelling in this AI-driven era.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Demystifying AI: Develop a deep understanding of core AI principles, including machine learning and natural language processing, tailored explicitly to legal practitioners.

  • Unveiling ChatGPT: What does it mean, what does it do, and why is everyone talking about it?

  • Ethical and Legal Considerations: Navigate the intricate landscape of ethical and legal considerations related to AI in the legal profession, including confidentiality, bias mitigation, and accountability.

  • Practical Applications: Examine tangible real-world applications of AI within legal practice, ranging from contract analysis to predictive legal analytics.

  • Future-Proofing Your Career: Stay at the forefront of legal evolution, preparing for the future landscape where AI assumes an indispensable and transformative role.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to adapt, innovate, and distinguish yourself!

Follow Up Program For Attendees:
Attendees will also be welcome to attend the follow-up program: Artificial Intelligence Unleashed: A Technology Disruption No One Can Ignore, on Friday, December 15, 2023 from noon until 1:20 p.m., via ZOOM live webinar. 

This interactive panel discussion will explore the current capabilities and innovative uses of artificial intelligence (AI), with a special focus on generative AI.  
The panelists will highlight both “everyday” and “game-changing” AI across various sectors.  For example, they will share how AI is being used to predict extreme weather conditions with unprecedented accuracy, to revolutionize healthcare by restoring body functions for paralyzed individuals, and to propel the automotive industry into the future with driverless car technology.   What was once science fiction is fast becoming science fact. In terms of applicability to the court system, the panel will discuss possible uses of AI to improve access to justice and to facilitate efficient and informed resolution of legal disputes.  
The panel also will share cautionary examples of bias in previous AI applications that lacked necessary guardrails. The experts will underscore the importance of adopting and maintaining an ethical approach to AI, especially in critical public service domains like the judiciary. 
Join us for this enlightening journey into this fast-evolving intersection of technology and society.
Melissa Heikkilä, Senior Technology Reporter, MIT Technology Review
Laks Kattalai, Assistant Director, Application Services, Administrative Office of the Courts
Robert Spangler, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer, New Jersey State Bar Association
Jessica Lewis Kelly, Special Assistant to the Administrative Director of the Courts

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 3.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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