Olena Tymofiienko, head of Nishlis Legal Marketing’s Warsaw Office had the pleasure of taking part in The III Legal Forum EU – Eastern Partnership  that took place in Warsaw, Poland, on May 23-24, 2024, bringing together 150 participants from 22 countries and featuring 75 speakers. This conference served as a vital platform for discussions on the legal challenges and opportunities within the European Union and its Eastern partners, with the event’s key focus the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Among 12 panels on a broad range of topics, our favorites included the integration of AI in legal education and the advancements in Legal Tech.

Solidarity with Ukraine

Opening with a strong expression of solidarity with Ukraine, amidst its ongoing conflict with Russia, discussions highlighted the pioneering role taken by Poland in investigating human rights violations, establishing a special office within the Ministry of Justice to collaborate with various social, humanitarian, and governmental organizations to collect evidence.

The panel discussions also explored Ukraine’s transformation and the challenges it faces, such as security, economic development, and judicial reforms. The international legal community assessed the risks and prospects for attracting investment and aiding recovery in Ukraine. Issues such as widespread poverty, budget deficits, and unresolved territorial disputes were also examined.

Triumphs and Threats of AI in Legal Education and Training

The integration of AI in legal education was a focal topic at the conference, underscoring the transformative potential of these technologies alongside the significant challenges they bring. Educators and professionals highlighted the need to balance the efficiency and innovation brought by AI with the core competencies of legal training.

Emphasizing AI and Responsibility

A pivotal theme at the conference was the responsible use of AI in legal education and practice. Speakers emphasized that while AI can significantly enhance efficiency and accuracy in various tasks, the ultimate responsibility for any legal work, decisions, or mistakes lies with the lawyer, not the AI tool. This is crucial for ensuring that AI is integrated into legal practices in a way that complements the skills of legal professionals without diminishing their accountability.

The discussion emphasized that lawyers must remain vigilant and maintain oversight of AI tools to prevent ethical breaches and ensure that the use of such technology aligns with professional standards. For instance, if an AI-generated legal document contains errors or omissions, it is the lawyer who must answer for these mistakes, highlighting the importance of thoroughly reviewing and understanding AI outputs before they are finalized and used.

Educators are tasked with developing curricula that include critical thinking about AI’s role and impact, ensuring that students can navigate the complexities of a tech-enhanced legal environment. This involves teaching them to question and critically analyze the outputs of AI systems, understanding that while AI can aid in decision-making, the ultimate responsibility lies with the human professional.

Legal Tech 

The realm of Legal Tech is quickly revolutionizing the practice of law, introducing tools and platforms that streamline processes but also requiring lawyers to adapt to new ways of working. The conference provided a deep dive into how AI and other technological innovations are being integrated into the legal field.

Advancements in Automation and AI

Legal practices are increasingly using AI to automate routine tasks such as document review and case research. This shift not only increases efficiency but also allows lawyers to focus on more complex and strategic aspects of their cases. For instance, a UK-based law firm utilizes AI for transcription and drafting initial case outlines, reducing the workload on junior staff and improving the accuracy of preliminary case assessments.

The Impact of Legal Tech on Professional Practice

As legal technologies evolve, they are reshaping the expectations and operations of legal practices. AI tools are not only used for administrative tasks but are also influencing client interactions and service delivery. Law firms are under pressure to adapt these technologies to meet client expectations for faster, more cost-effective services without compromising on quality.

Research conducted recently by Nishlis Legal Marketing further underlines these observations. According to the survey on Legal Tech trends in Poland, there is a diverse rate of adoption across the industry. While 35.7% of firms are using legal tech extensively, incorporating these tools as integral components of their operations, a significant portion has yet to fully embrace these technologies. This varied landscape not only highlights the challenges but also the significant opportunities for growth and efficiency that Legal Tech can offer.

Ethical and Practical Considerations

Despite the efficiencies brought by Legal Tech, the conference highlighted several ethical and practical challenges. The reliance on AI raises questions about data privacy, the potential for bias in automated decisions, and overall accountability in legal processes. Legal professionals must be vigilant about the tools they use, ensuring that they understand the underlying mechanisms and can anticipate potential issues in their application.

Our own survey findings suggest a nuanced approach to technology integration within the sector. It’s clear that while some firms have fully integrated these technologies into their practices, showcasing a proactive stance toward innovation, others remain on the sidelines, indicating a wide range of adoption levels among firms. These insights provide a crucial backdrop for understanding the current state and potential future of Legal Tech in Poland.


The III Legal Forum EU – Eastern Partnership illuminated the evolving intersection of technology and legal practice against a backdrop of global and regional challenges. Key discussions emphasized the importance of responsibility and accountability in integrating AI into the legal field, underscoring that technological advancements do not diminish the ethical obligations of legal professionals.

As AI reshapes the legal landscape, it is crucial for educators and practitioners to balance the adoption of technological tools with the preservation of legal integrity. The forum highlighted the need for a judicious approach, ensuring that technology enhances rather than compromises the principles of justice. This event marked a pivotal step in ongoing efforts to adapt legal education and practice to the demands of the digital age, setting a path for future dialogue and development.