A new way of conducting business and helping clients with the legal issues they face is being called “law new.” Many companies, startups and law firm subsidiaries augmenting traditional legal services have adopted this nomenclature to promote their innovation. It’s a great way to communicate that they’re taking a different path than their bigger competitors. However, the practical detail of where that pathway leads is very much up in the air and isn’t necessarily consistent from company to company.
Legal tech and multidisciplinary teams of “non-lawyers” have been key elements of a shift in the industry’s delivery model. But this alone is not enough to be labeled as “law new.” Technology and process improvement alone will not drive significant value to business and society or create sustainable profit for the industry. Legal tech needs to be an element of a fit-for-purpose strategic plan whose end game is improved customer/end-user experience and outcomes. This requires a new mindset and paradigm that is driven by purpose not profit preservation.
It is about a movement away from looking for ways to reduce salaries, cut the number of full time staff and find less expensive operating locations. It is about a new focus on unleashing potential and offering the kind of help that most consumers need in every way possible to get ahead in their lives, businesses and families. It is about a new focus on the kinds of legal issues that are often overlooked because they don’t always generate headlines. It is about a new focus on providing the kind of support that many people desperately need but that traditional law firms have rarely attempted to deliver.
In the federal government, a bill to create new law must be introduced in the House of Representatives or Senate by a senator or representative who sponsors it. The bill then goes through a committee process of research, discussion, change and voting. If the bill passes one chamber, it is sent to the other to be considered by the members of that body and, if it passes, it becomes law.
The City of New York has its own laws that include the City Charter, laws passed by the City Council and periodically codified as the Consolidated Laws, and rules created by City agencies. These laws govern everything from public safety to public health and sanitation to land use and zoning.
Governor Hochul today signed legislation that protects New Yorkers from medicine price-gouging during a shortage and curbs predatory subscription services. It also prohibits hospitals, health care professionals and ambulances from reporting medical debt to credit bureaus. This helps New Yorkers build credit, afford housing and children’s education and achieve long-term financial stability.