The United States Supreme Court is a prestigious institution where the country’s most important legal battles are fought and won. But what if, instead of relying on human lawyers, we let the AI lawyer have a crack at it? Well, one legal services company is so confident in its AI lawyer’s abilities that it’s willing to put $1 million on the line to prove it.
AI lawyer, really?
DoNotPay, a company that began as a simple chatbot for helping people resolve everyday frustrations like canceling subscriptions and fighting parking tickets, has now trained its AI lawyer to take on more complex legal cases, such as disputing medical bills and negotiating with Comcast. But is it ready for the big leagues? CEO Joshua Browder certainly thinks so, and he’s offering $1 million to any lawyer with an upcoming case before the Supreme Court to step aside and let the robot lawyer take the reins.
“DoNotPay will pay any lawyer or person $1M with an upcoming case in front of the United States Supreme Court to wear AirPods and let our robot lawyer argue the case by repeating exactly what it says,” Browder announced on Twitter. “We’re making this serious offer, contingent on us coming to a formal agreement and all rules being followed.”
Now, some of you may be thinking, “But wait, aren’t electronic devices prohibited in the Supreme Court while it’s in session?” Well, technically, yes. But according to Browder, there are accessibility rules that provide exemptions for reasonable accommodations. And in any case, the $1 Million will be a donation to the lawyer & would only be given only if the Supreme Court approved of the arrangement.
So, why would DoNotPay want to put its robot AI lawyer to the ultimate test?
Well, as Browder explains, “We have upcoming cases in municipal (traffic) court next month. But the people will say, ‘traffic court is too easy for GPT.’ And who can blame him for wanting to silence the skeptics and prove that his AI lawyer can handle the pressure of the highest court in the land?
But what about the human lawyer? What would they do when the robot lawyer takes the stage? Simple: they just have to wear AirPods and repeat everything the AI lawyer says. It’s like being a ventriloquist’s dummy, but for the legal profession. And let’s be real, the $1 million payout would make up for the embarrassment.
So far, Browder hasn’t heard from any lawyers interested in participating in a Supreme Court case. Still, he’s received “very serious kind of offers” from different lawyers involved in federal and appeals court cases.
“We just want to make it work,” Browder said. “I think the use of technology to help people access their legal rights is important. We are doing this because it sends an important message to other courts to allow assistive AI in their courtrooms.”
The question remains, Will AI lawyers take over the legal profession? Who knows, But DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder is willing to put up a cool $1 million to find out if its AI lawyer is ready for the Supreme Court and also prove that assistive AI in their courtrooms could change the legal profession. So the new question for you. Would you trust an AI Lawyer to defend you in court?