New Path For Law

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A new path for law is being pursued by firms, legal startups and in-house legal departments. They are collaborating to bring legal services into the 21st century and to change how lawyers work in the process. This is not a mere business-of-law focus; it’s a radical paradigm shift driven by a desire to unleash untapped potential and address the world’s most pressing legal issues. It is about providing help in new ways, working in the community and building strategies that were not possible or practical in the past. It’s about delivering legal help at the speed of business and society. It is about rethinking everything we know about how lawyers practice law.

New law is hard to define, but its defining characteristics include:

The legal industry must more closely resemble the businesses and societies it serves. Its workforce will be more holistically diverse-cognitively, demographically, culturally and experientially. It will be more creative, tech and data-proficient, empathetic and collaborative. It will be integrated across the enterprise and cross-functional with other business units. It will deliver accessible, affordable, on-demand, scalable, and data-sharing legal products and services that help clients tackle problems and capture opportunities at the speed of business and society.

Law is a rapidly changing profession. Technology accelerates change and legal innovation drives it further. Lawyers must adapt to the accelerating change by changing their way of thinking and doing, by embracing a different way of working with clients, and by adopting a new kind of law.

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SS 205. The Commissioner of the Division of Consumer Affairs shall establish rules to implement a program to offer assistance to residents with securing health insurance coverage. This bill amends the New York State Constitution and other legislation to provide for such a program, and includes provisions related to eligibility and benefits.

New Law is a collection of stories about the ways in which people are changing how they deliver legal services and are creating strategies that were not possible or practical in the old paradigm. It is a story about what happens when a culture of experimentation and risk taking meets the needs of business, society and consumers. It is a story about the future of law as we know it. This collection is curated by New York Times Editor-in-Chief Scott Tocco and edited by NYU School of Law professors Mark A. Cohen and David Hershkovitz.

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