Do Lawyers Have a Future? Legal Practice in the Age of AI

As we approach the fourth decade of the 21st century, the interest in, and application of, artificial intelligence to the practice of law stands to fundamentally change the nature of legal practice, for better or for worse.

In the 2024 Blackburn lecture, Anne Trimmer examines the impact that AI is already having in the legal profession, and questions how, as a profession, lawyers can continue preserve the integrity of legal practice, adhering to the ethical boundaries of the profession. Anne also considers whether AI can be used to democratise access to the law.



After graduating from the Australian National University, Anne Trimmer practised law in Canberra and in Sydney as a commercial lawyer focusing on corporate governance and technology contracting. She was a partner of several firms, finishing her legal career at Minter Ellison from which she resigned in 2006. After leaving legal practice, Anne spent seven years as the CEO of the Medical Technology Association of Australia, an industry body engaged in advocacy for public policies to support access to medical technology, and to develop an effective Australian medical technology sector.

In 2013 Anne was appointed Secretary General of the Australian Medical Association, the peak body representing Australia’s doctors in its public advocacy. Anne served five years in this role, participating in many challenging policy issues on behalf of Australia’s medical profession.

Anne was elected the first female president of the Law Society of the ACT in 1995 and, during her second term in 1996, was elected to the executive of the Law Council of Australia, becoming the second female president of the Law Council in 2000. During her term, the Law Council provided strong advocacy on many political issues which continue to resonate – from reform of Australia’s administrative tribunals, to refugee policy.

Since completing her term as Secretary General of the AMA, Anne has continued to hold board roles in the health sector. Anne was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2020. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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  • This recording was made on Tuesday 21 May 2024, and will expire on 31 December 2024.
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