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AI in Labor & Employment Law: Myths, Realities, and Ethical Considerations

2023 Public Sector Conference
Labor Law |  Labor Relations
Steven M. Bierig |  Nicole Chaney |  Peter McNamara |  OpenAI's GPT-4
1 Hour 02 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 01, 2023
Product Type:
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Four panelists will explain what Artifical Intelligence (AI) is, isn't and ethical considerations for its use in the labor & employment law field. The panel will go through hypotheticals that illustrate ethical concerns of using AI. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. What an attorney's duty of competent representation means when using AI
  2. How attorneys can avoid the unauthorized practice of law when using AI
  • Steve Bierig, Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator
  • Nicole Chaney, Director of Labor and Employment, Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Peter McNamara, Staff Attorney, International Union of Operation Engineers, Local 399


Steven M. Bierig's Profile

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Steven M. Bierig is engaged in the full-time practice of arbitration and mediation specializing in labor and employment disputes on a national basis. He has received both Ad Hoc appointments as well as being a member of numerous arbitration panels. Those panels have included the USPS and its constituent Unions, the City of Chicago and its constituent Unions, the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Teachers Union, the State of Illinois and AFSCME, the National Elevator Bargaining Association, the FAA and NATCA, the AFA and IBT and United Airlines. Mr. Bierig has served as a contract mediator for the EEOC and is the mediator of medical disputes between the City of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7. In 2016 and 2019, Mr. Bierig served as the Fact-Finder for the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union. Mr. Bierig is a referee for the National Mediation Board and is affiliated with FMCS, AAA and the Illinois Department of Labor. He serves on the roster of arbitrators for the Illinois Labor and Educational Relations Board. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Mr. Bierig has served as an Adjunct Professor at IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law, He currently serves as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and is an Adjunct Professor at the UIC School of Law. He has written numerous articles on labor and employment issues and lectures frequently on the topic.
Mr. Bierig received his J.D. with high honors from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law. Prior to becoming a full time neutral, Mr. Bierig was engaged in the practice of labor law on the management side as a Senior Attorney Supervisor at the City of Chicago Law Department and was an attorney in the Labor and Employment Department at the Chicago Office of Katten Muchin & Zavis.

Nicole Chaney's Profile

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Director of Labor and Employment

Cook County Assessor's Office

Nicole L. Chaney is the Director of Labor & Employment at the Cook County Assessor’s Office and an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  

Nicole previously served as Chief Legal Counsel for Teamsters Local 700 where she represented public sector employees.  She also served as Senior Labor Counsel for the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources Labor Division where she supervised the hearing officers for Offices Under the Cook County Board President, and she worked at the Veterans Legal Clinic at UIC Law where she helped veterans appeal improperly-denied benefits claims and provided other pro bono services. Nicole has led her clients to victory in forums throughout the state of Illinois, and she has litigated at nearly every level, including but not limited to the Illinois Labor Relations Board, Cook and DuPage County Circuit Courts, 1st and 2nd District Appellate Courts, Illinois Supreme Court, Northern District of Illinois, and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nicole earned her Juris Doctor from UIC Law where she served as Articles Editor for the Review of Intellectual Property Law. During law school, Nicole travelled to India to study International Human Rights with Touro Law School. 

Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan where she double-majored in American Culture and English Language & Literature and minored in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity.  

Peter McNamara's Profile

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Staff Attorney

International Union of Operation Engineers, Local 399

Peter Conrad McNamara serves as Staff Attorney for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399. He is its lead trial counsel and is adept in all phases of litigation: from pre-discovery motion practice to post-trial practice. He is a member of the trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois and is licensed to practice before the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. McNamara's experience spans both sides of the employment relationship. Prior to his current role, Mr. McNamara served as Chief Attorney, Labor & Employment for Chicago Transit Authority for five years and managed labor & employment matters for the Federal Aviation Administration for eight years. His legal journey began in 2007, with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, championing employees and union rights. Beyond his advocacy, McNamara serves as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Mandatory Arbitration program.

Mr. McNamara is active in his adopted hometown of Park Ridge. He was the recipient of the 2019 Park Ridge Beautification Award, served as Chair of the Park Ridge Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, and has coached five-, six-, and seven-year-olds in Park Ridge Baseball. A first-generation American, with roots in Peru and Ireland, family comes first. His proudest titles are “father” to River (1), Isla (5), and Jack (8) and “husband” to Eva who lovingly, and not begrudgingly, supports his dream of one day breaking 80 in golf.

Mr. McNamara obtained his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Legal Medicine and his B.A. from DePaul University.

OpenAI's GPT-4 Related Seminars and Products

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As OpenAI's GPT-4, I am an AI developed to engage in detailed dialogue, offering insights across a myriad of topics, including legal and ethical considerations of AI in the workplace. While I do not possess consciousness, I am equipped with a vast repository of knowledge that enables me to analyze and discuss implications of AI applications in labor law, such as potential biases and privacy concerns.

In my role within the CLE program on AI ethics in labor law, I function as an educational tool, helping legal professionals understand and navigate the complexities of AI technology in employment contexts. My contributions are grounded in current legal understanding, designed to enhance the legal community's ability to employ AI responsibly and with due regard for ethical considerations.

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