Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2022, 11:00 AM

Law Firms Turn to AI to Vet Recruits, Despite Bias Concerns

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney
Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

New York’s Cadwalader passed over a law student vying for a summer job until an artificial intelligence algorithm flagged her as a good match.

“For whatever reason, they just didn’t evaluate her that strongly when she was interviewing,” said Pat Quinn, chairman of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. “Yet, she clearly has the goods.”

Law firms struggling to expand candidate pools and diversify workforces are turning to AI for help, even as regulators scrutinize the technology to ensure it doesn’t exacerbate biases rather than lessen them. A law set to take effect in New York City next year will limit the ...

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