Famed litigator David Boies and his firm, Boies Schiller & Flexner, are currently living a legal, ethical and PR nightmare. News broke this week that Boies and his firm, while representing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, hired a security firm to uncover “dirt” about Weinstein’s accusers and The New York Times journalists in an attempt to stop the publication of negative stories about Weinstein in The Times. That alone is ethically questionable, but the fact that The New York Times was also a Boies Schiller client elevated this to an entirely new level of crisis, and ultimately resulted in The Times firing Boies Schiller.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous term in the legal services industry today is “artificial intelligence,” known more commonly as AI. Indeed, we see AI everywhere – from the daily headlines in our news feeds to splashy marketing campaigns and social media calls to action. Yet the term itself is far from self-explanatory and the uninformed use of it, both within the media and by legal service providers, only exacerbates the confusion around what AI means to the practice of law.