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Q. Is it ethical for lawyers to use artificial intelligence to write briefs, draft legal instruments or provide other services?

GPT: While there isn’t a clear-cut answer, it’s not inherently unethical for an attorney to use artificial intelligence. However, attorneys must still fulfill their ethical obligations, including competence, supervision, confidentiality, and avoiding the unauthorized practice

Q. To err may be human, but is it a bigger mistake for lawyers to rely on artificial intelligence?

A. Not according to my know-it-all friend, who thinks artificial intelligence is far superior to that of an attorney. (I’d hate to embarrass him, so I’ll just use initials.)When I lamented the complexity of many legal doctrines, G.P.T.

Q. As if I don’t have enough to do, my insurance agent thinks I should get a “risk management audit” of my law firm. Is this really necessary?

A. It’s not necessary at all. Nor is professional growth, job satisfaction, or passion for the practice of law.Although enduring an “audit” evokes images of stressful meetings with intimidating IRS

How far will justices of the Supreme Court of Maryland go to protect their colleagues from the criticism of lawyers appearing before them?

Scenario: Disturbed by a judicial ruling that trampled upon his client’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel, a zealous criminal defense lawyer criticized the presiding judge as a “liar” who broke her oath

Q. After testifying last month that she earned no income other than that reflected on the paystubs and tax returns we put into evidence, my client just told me that she makes extra money “under the table.” What are my duties to the client, to the Court and to the IRS?

A. Having enlisted your unwitting assistance

Raising questions “about the appearance of impropriety” on the part of its top ethics official, the Supreme Court of Maryland asked whether Bar Counsel used her official position “to undermine … a candidate in a Judicial election.”

In Attorney Grievance Comm’n v. Marylin Pierre, Bar Counsel pressed charges against a grassroots challenger for a seat

Q. My client has just been indicted on 13 counts of fraud and every reporter in town has called me for comment. Should I call them back? 

A. Before fielding their questions, ask yourself whether silence is “golden” or “prejudicial.”Warned against trying cases in the press, many lawyers limit their advocacy to the courtroom. Lest we taint the

Q. After his client denied any text messages about this case, defense counsel sent me a thumb drive with hundreds of them, including some attorney-client communications. May I use these?

A. Even at war with the other side, there are ethical rules of engagement.Before you make any use of these records, you must notify opposing

Q. As we head to the beach for a two-week vacation, my wife and kids want me to leave my cell phone behind so I won’t be distracted with client calls. Is this a good idea?

Legal Ethics on Vacation

A. Taking a well-deserved respite from law practice is a very good idea. The time away