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Law Firm Launches Internal Generative AI Chat App – 'ChatGD'

Gunderson Dettmer officially launches their internal generative AI chat app, ‘ChatGD’ to aid their lawyers and improve their legal services.
Photo by Thomas Lefebvre on Unsplash
Photo by Thomas Lefebvre on Unsplash
August 14, 2023 1:45 pm

Gunderson Dettmer, an international law firm, has launched an AI application, ChatGD, to develop a proprietary internal tool with the use of generative AI technology for their very own attorneys and lawyers.

According to Gunderson, this development is a “milestone in its ability to marry its in-house legal expertise with cutting-edge engineering and technology.”

The efforts behind this transformative app aims to help their firm to improve and make better advice to their clients with the use of AI technology.

“As a firm, we are making significant investments in AI to ensure we have the talent, technology, and training to provide our clients the world-class advice and service they expect from us,” the firm's managing partner, David Young said. 

With more than 400 lawyers that represent numerous clients in the field of AI, Gunderson’s launch appears to be the first US-based firm to develop their homegrown internal AI chat application.

Now, ChatGD allows lawyers to “query and manipulate documents using a secure, enterprise instance of OpenAI’s models through Microsoft Azure.” This safeguards the firm and their clients from leakages or misuse of confidential information. 

The AI chat app has two main components, namely; the general chat mode and the retrieval-augmented generation (RAG). To elaborate;

  • General chat mode allows attorneys and lawyers to have a direct conversation with the large language model (LLM), similar to ChatGPT.
  • Retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) gives its users the ability to query documents by uploading the necessary documents then query the LLM to  receive responses based on the context of the documents. 

According to the release, lawyers could also upload documents that have been created for specific tasks (such as responding to vendors) and then create new versions of it to respond to the new requests.

As a leading law firm in the field of AI, they have also developed internal AI use guidelines that permits their attorneys and lawyers to use generative AI with appropriate guidelines. 

Before having access, lawyers in the firm are required to acknowledge their AI use policies before they can log in to the app and use its services. 

Nevertheless, the firm’s chief innovation officer, Joe Green, clarified that this innovation does not equate to a replacement for knowledgeable professionals and this must only be treated as a “huge accelerant and a great aid” to their work. 

“We think it’s going to be a really transformative technology for the industry as it develops, we get some good experience under the hood,” Joe Green added.

The advancing generative AI technologies continue to take over the world, and now, even a law firm created their homegrown internal proprietary AI tool to aid their lawyers with cutting-edge technology. It is safe to say that the law firm intends to use the tool for legal expertise while valuing the essence of human work. 

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Written by Andy Hoo
Andy is an investigative tech journalist at Gold Penguin. Besides being a journalist with the heart and mind for truth and credibility, he is also a passionate content creator who loves making informative and recreational videos. He writes all types of news in the technology & AI industry.
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