Generally, law new refers to laws that have recently been enacted or signed into effect. It also may refer to the latest news regarding a specific law or legislative issue.
The law is constantly in motion, reflecting business and social change. Legal professionals are challenged to keep pace with this change, while still providing the highest quality advice and service. It’s a complex task, but one that must be addressed in order to thrive and advance the function.
Technology is a tool in the legal transformation process, not an end unto itself. For the law to become truly customer-centric, fit-for-purpose technology should be part of a holistic strategy reverse-engineered from the end-user perspective. A team sport, the law of the future will include legal practitioners, “legal techies,” business and process/project managers, and allied legal professionals working together as a cohesive unit to deliver legal products and services that meet customers’ needs, solve challenges, and capture opportunities at the speed of business and society.
Lawmaking in Congress
Learn how bills pass through the House and the Senate, and become law in the United States.
Laws in California
The state of California continues to innovate in the legal industry with a variety of new laws taking effect on January 1. Some, like a ban on gender bias in prices for feminine hygiene and personal care items, will have noticeable impact on consumers. Others will gradually take hold over time, including a law requiring companies with at least 15 employees to put salary ranges in job postings and a law limiting the ability of public agencies to share private data about individuals without their consent.
International Law News
NYU School of Law Professor Richard Stewart died on October 25. He was a renowned international lawyer, scholar and teacher.
Data Breach Notification
This bill would amend City law to align the definitions of “person” and “private information” in this chapter with New York state law, and provide additional circumstances under which an agency must disclose a breach to affected persons. It would also make technical changes to increase the speed and accuracy of reporting and notification requirements, as well as add certain provisions for public education.
The law of the future will be shaped by globalization, technology and human adaptation. Law firms and their teams will be more diverse, cognitively, demographically and experientially. Legal providers will focus on customer impact that produces high net promoter scores, not preserving legacy delivery models and outdated legal education, self-regulation and dispute resolution mechanisms. A cross-functional, customer-centric legal function will work in tandem with other enterprise business units to identify and address risk, drive significant value, avoid the costs of protracted disputes and free up management to focus on core objectives. It will be data-driven and agile, leveraging the power of human intelligence and the agility of new technology to achieve its vision. This will transform the practice of law into a truly customer-centric industry.