What is Law New?
Law new is the term for change bringing legal services more closely into alignment with business and society. It entails fluid, collaborative delivery that delivers accessible, affordable, on-demand, scalable, data-sharing legal products and services to help businesses and individuals solve problems and capture opportunities at the speed of business and society. It also involves internal integration of the legal function and working cross-functionally with enterprise business units; and a diverse, customer-centric, integrated workforce that is tech and data proficient, creative, empathetic, and team oriented.
The term is also used to describe a new approach to providing legal service: one that shifts from a focus on cost containment and efficiency to creating strategies for legal business success and customer impact. The strategy shifts the legal industry away from its legacy economic model that is based on output and a narrow client base to a future, law-of-the-customer focused, customer impact-driven model that produces high net promoter scores.
Whether or not you believe this is the case, it is clear that the way the law profession is changing and evolving is a big deal, and if it is going to work for law firms, it will require a change in mindset, culture, process and structure. The changes required are not easy and will require a significant amount of effort and innovation on the part of lawyers, but they will be worth it. The alternative is extinction.
A bill is a proposal to make something legal through a lawmaking branch of government. It is written and then introduced into the House of Representatives or the Senate, where it goes through a process of research, discussion, change, and voting. If it passes in the appropriate chamber, it becomes a law.
The City’s lawmaking branch, the Council, has passed legislation that will align City laws with State law in several areas of data breach notification, making certain definitions more consistent with State law and requiring the disclosure of personal information about affected persons to the Chief Privacy Officer and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications when it is reasonably believed that private information has been accessed, disclosed or used by an unauthorized person. The law will also make it easier to share such information with law enforcement agencies and with other city departments, and will establish a new mechanism for notifying affected persons of the existence of the breach. This bill will take effect on January 1, 2023.