Law new is an industry term for innovation in legal services. It can mean anything from focusing on specific client communities to developing strategies that help them more effectively solve their problems to providing more efficient and practical solutions to traditional matters. It’s also a means of providing more value to clients and of creating a business model that is sustainable in the long run.
The law new movement is a response to a rapidly changing business and society. It is a move toward more fluid, collaborative, and holistically diverse law delivery that more closely resembles corporate customers and society at large. Law firms and in-house legal departments will collaborate more across practice areas, functions, and industries to provide accessible, affordable, on-demand, data-backed, and practical solutions to once-bespoke legal matters.
As the legal landscape continues to shift, it will be essential for all legal providers to understand how this change can affect their business. By taking advantage of this opportunity, they will be able to offer the kind of legal help that their clients need without disrupting other important legal work and their overall revenue models.
To help you get started, this article highlights several examples of how the law is evolving across New York City and across the country. It is not intended to be comprehensive or replace any other sources of information, but rather to illustrate the many ways in which law is being transformed.
Lawmaking in the United States takes place in two branches: Congress and the local government. The process of creating a law is similar in both branches: a bill is introduced, assigned to a committee, which studies it and discusses it with other members of the committee. The result is a set of changes to the bill that is then brought to the full chamber for a vote.
A bill can be passed and signed into law by a majority of the members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. If the bill is passed by both chambers, it goes to the president of the United States for his or her signature. The process of making a law in New York City is similar to the federal process. A bill is introduced by a City Council member, assigned to a committee that studies it and makes changes to it, and then brought to the full City Council for a vote.
New laws and rules are adopted every day, including those that require public access to government records, open captioning in movie theaters, and licensing of third-party food delivery services. For more information, see the City’s Laws and Rules webpage.