What Is Law New?
Law new is the legal industry’s adaptation to the customer-centricity of business and society. It’s a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, data-sharing process that creates accessible, affordable, on-demand, legal products and services that address legal risks and opportunities at the speed of business. It’s a paradigm change that produces significant, measurable customer impact and enhances experience. It’s a process that requires leadership, courage, innovation and talent.
While many companies use collaboration to drive efficiency and meet growing cost takeout goals, it’s not yet a common practice in the legal industry. This is partly due to the fact that the legal landscape is incredibly fragmented. Large law firms and in-house legal departments remain the dominant provider sources of legal services, but they have varying economic models, cultures, remits, technology platforms and data. New law will consolidate the industry through horizontal and, less frequently, vertical integration. This will allow agile, fluid, on-demand resources with verified, material expertise and experience to be sourced and deliver value from a common delivery platform. It will eliminate siloes and a culture of self-congratulatory awards and profit preservation. Instead, it will focus on meaningful, measurable customer impact that drives revenue and net promoter scores.
A California law will end the “pink tax,” which allows stores to charge more for personal care products marketed to women than for their male counterparts. The law will prohibit this pricing disparity and is the latest in a series of measures aimed at equal pay for women.
Congress is the lawmaking branch of the federal government, and a bill to make a new law must be introduced in either the House of Representatives or the Senate by a legislator who sponsors it. A committee in each chamber will research, discuss, and make changes to the bill before it is put forward for a vote. If the bill passes both houses, it will be signed into law by the President.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has created a database that contains brief descriptions of federal appellate cases from the last 10 years. The database is a helpful tool for attorneys, judges, clerks, and others who need access to appellate briefs in a timely manner. Access is free, but registration is required. The database is available at www.usdc.gov/AppellateBriefs.