Suffolk Law Dean Named to ABA Advisory Council on AI

Dean Andrew Perlman, legal innovation leader, joins ABA team responding to AI challenges and opportunities
Dean Andrew Perlman
Dean Andrew Perlman

Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew Perlman has been named to the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) AI Task Force. As the largest lawyer and law student organization in the world, the ABA and its artificial intelligence advisors will help the legal community to identify the benefits and risks of continually changing AI and machine-learning systems and capabilities.

Dean Perlman is a nationally recognized voice on the intersection of law and technology, spearheading Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation and Technology ecosystem. He regularly appears in national media to discuss legal technology topics in outlets including Reuters and Bloomberg, and his work on generative AI was recently mentioned on Fareed Zakaria GPS. The school’s legal technology and innovation programs are consistently ranked among a handful of the top such programs in the country.

Special advisors to the task force include Michael Chertoff, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Michelle K. Lee, former director of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

The ABA, with the help of task force members, will be making recommendations and articulating principles to help ensure that the creation and incorporation of AI by lawyers is done in accordance with the law and well-accepted legal standards.

The mission of the AI Task Force is to address the impact of AI on the legal profession and the practice of law; provide insights on developing and using AI in a trustworthy and responsible manner; and identify ways to address AI risks. The task force will focus on six critical issues: AI and the profession, AI risk management, AI and access to justice, AI governance, AI challenges – generative AI, and AI and legal education.

Dean Perlman was the chief reporter of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Ethics 20/20, which was responsible for updating the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct to reflect changes in technology. He also served as the vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which produced projects and recommendations that used technology to improve how legal services are delivered and accessed. He served as the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA’s Center for Innovation.