And .. Another NY lawyer faces discipline after AI chatbot invented case citation


A New York lawyer is facing possible discipline for citing a non-existent case generated by artificial intelligence, marking AI’s latest disruption for attorneys and courts learning to navigate the emerging technology.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a Tuesday order, opens new tab referred lawyer Jae Lee to its attorney grievance panel after she used OpenAI’s ChatGPT for research in a medical malpractice lawsuit and did not confirm that the case she cited was valid.
The conduct “falls well below the basic obligations of counsel,” a three-judge panel for the Manhattan-based appeals court wrote.
Lee, an attorney at three-lawyer New York firm JSL Law Offices, P.C., said in an email that the court’s disciplinary referral was a surprise and that she is “committed to adhering to the highest professional standards and to addressing this matter with the seriousness it deserves.”
She included the non-existent state court decision in an appeal to revive her client’s lawsuit claiming a Queens doctor botched an abortion.
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