An Interview with ChatGPT

Chat GPT has been all over the news this year. From passing the bar exam, getting an MBA, a Judge using it to draft a decision, and (currently) unfounded fears of it replacing attorneys, the AI web program has done some amazing things. 

I decided to ask ChatGPT itself about ways that it can help you in your practice of law, as opposed to just taking over the world. It was kind of a weird experience interviewing a computer program. Here is what I learned:

Question: What can Chat GPT do for a lawyer?

Answer: As an AI language model, I can help a lawyer in various ways, such as:Legal research: I can assist a lawyer in conducting legal research by quickly searching through vast amounts of legal documents, case law, and statutes to find relevant information and precedent.
    1. Document drafting: I can help a lawyer in drafting legal documents, such as contracts, agreements, and briefs, by providing suggestions and insights based on the context and purpose of the document.
    2. Language translation: I can help a lawyer communicate with clients or counterparties who speak a different language by translating legal documents, emails, or other communications.
    3. Due diligence: I can help a lawyer conduct due diligence by analyzing and summarizing legal documents and other relevant information in a timely and efficient manner.
    4. Knowledge management: I can help a lawyer keep up-to-date with the latest legal developments and changes in regulations by monitoring legal news and publications and providing summaries and analysis.
Please note that while I can assist with some legal-related tasks, I am not a licensed attorney and cannot provide legal advice or represent clients in court. It's always important to consult a licensed attorney for legal advice and representation.

Question: Can you help me communicate better with clients?

Answer: As an AI language model, I can assist you in communicating with clients by providing suggestions on how to phrase your messages effectively and professionally. Here are some ways I can help:
    1. Writing clear and concise emails: I can assist you in composing clear and concise emails that convey your message effectively and professionally. I can suggest appropriate language to use and check for grammar and spelling errors.
    2. Drafting letters and memos: I can help you draft letters and memos that are professional and clearly convey the information you need to communicate.
    3. Translation: If you need to communicate with clients who speak a different language, I can help you translate your messages into the client's language.
    4. Summarizing information: I can help you summarize complex legal information or documents in a way that is easy for your clients to understand.
Please note that while I can assist with communication, it's always important to ensure that you are following ethical and professional standards when communicating with clients. It's also important to consider the specific needs and preferences of each client when communicating with them.

Question: Do you ever get things wrong about legal information?

Answer: As an AI language model, I can sometimes make mistakes or errors when it comes to legal information. While I have been trained on a vast amount of data and have been programmed to recognize patterns and make predictions based on that data, my knowledge and understanding of the law are limited to the information that has been fed into my system.

The law is a complex and ever-evolving field, and there are often nuanced interpretations and exceptions that may not be readily apparent to me. Additionally, laws can vary by jurisdiction and can change over time, so it's important to verify any legal information or advice with a licensed attorney who is familiar with the specific laws and regulations that apply to your situation.

That being said, I am constantly learning and improving, and I strive to provide accurate and helpful information to the best of my ability. If you notice any errors or inaccuracies in the information I provide, please let me know so that I can learn from my mistakes and improve my responses in the future.

Question: What can you do to help pro se litigants?

Answer: As an AI language model, I can offer several ways to help pro se litigants, who are individuals representing themselves in a legal proceeding without the assistance of an attorney. Here are a few examples:
    1. Legal research: I can help pro se litigants conduct legal research by providing access to relevant statutes, case law, and legal documents. This can help them understand the legal issues involved in their case and prepare their arguments more effectively.
    2. Document preparation: I can help pro se litigants prepare legal documents such as pleadings, motions, and affidavits. I can offer suggestions for language and formatting based on the specific legal requirements of their jurisdiction.
    3. Procedural guidance: I can provide guidance on the procedural requirements of their case, including deadlines for filing documents and the proper methods for serving documents on other parties.
    4. Summarizing legal information: I can summarize complex legal information in a way that is more easily understandable for pro se litigants. This can help them navigate the legal system more effectively and better understand the issues involved in their case.
    5. Providing legal resources: I can offer pro se litigants access to legal resources, including self-help legal books, legal clinics, and other relevant resources that may be available in their area.
It's important to note that while I can provide assistance to pro se litigants, I am not a substitute for an attorney. Pro se litigants should consider consulting with an attorney to receive legal advice and representation.

Question: How up to date are you about legal matters?

Answer: As an AI language model, my knowledge of legal matters is based on the vast amount of data and information that has been fed into my system. The knowledge cutoff for my training is September 2021, and I have been programmed to constantly update my knowledge by learning from new data and information as it becomes available.

However, the law is a complex and constantly evolving field, and it's possible that new developments and changes may occur after my knowledge cutoff or before I have had a chance to update my knowledge. Therefore, it's important to verify any legal information or advice with a licensed attorney who is familiar with the specific laws and regulations that apply to your situation.

Additionally, I cannot provide legal advice or represent clients in court, as I am not a licensed attorney. I am a language model designed to assist with information retrieval, summarization, and analysis.

Question: Pop quiz, can you summarize the UCCJEA? 

Answer: The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is a uniform law that has been adopted by most states in the United States. The purpose of the UCCJEA is to provide a consistent framework for determining which state has jurisdiction to make child custody and visitation decisions when there is a dispute between parents who live in different states.

Under the UCCJEA, the child's home state is given priority in determining jurisdiction over child custody and visitation disputes. The home state is defined as the state where the child has lived with a parent or a person acting as a parent for at least six consecutive months prior to the commencement of the legal proceedings. If the child has not lived in any state for at least six months, then jurisdiction is determined by other factors, including the significant connections the child has with each state and the best interests of the child.

Once a state has jurisdiction over a child custody or visitation dispute, that state's court has the authority to make decisions regarding the child's custody and visitation arrangements. The UCCJEA also provides mechanisms for enforcing child custody and visitation orders across state lines.

Overall, the UCCJEA is intended to promote consistency and predictability in child custody and visitation proceedings involving parents who live in different states.

Well, I have now interviewed a robot. 10-year-old me would have been thrilled.

I have been using Chat GPT at work for a few months now. I have generated letter templates for specific issues (they all took a lot of work to make right but I think it did save some time by creating a jumping off point). I have asked it questions about a specific business-related question to brainstorm ideas. I have noticed that when state law matters come up, it seems to be more miss than hit with timelines and requirements. That said, it has been useful to get professional and appropriate starting language when communicating with people in a hurry. 

The ultimate verdict is this: If you are not using it, you should try.