Colorado Supreme Court committee votes to explore role of AI in practice of law

By Michael Karlik | Colorado Politics

An advisory committee to the Colorado Supreme Court recently created a subcommittee that will evaluate existing rules barring the unauthorized practice of law to determine if changes are necessary to accommodate emerging artificial intelligence-powered legal tools.

The March 1 vote of the Advisory Committee on the Practice of Law came at the request of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission. The commission advocates for expanded legal aid and better tools for self-represented litigants in civil cases. The commission’s director, Elisa Overall, noted AI tools can foster access to justice and efficiency in the legal profession.

“In collaboration with Colorado Legal Services, the ATJC is in the process of developing a robust online legal information portal to help Coloradans understand important legal issues that affect them and assist them in taking steps necessary to address these issues,” she wrote in a Jan. 18 letter to the Supreme Court’s advisory committee. “We are concerned, however, that the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules may block the adoption of new technologies in Colorado for use in the legal system.”