The legal field is a constantly evolving one, which means that lawyers need to be open to new ideas at every turn. One area that is gaining interest amongst law firms is the concept of “law new.” While this term can be hard to pin down, it generally refers to providing legal services in nontraditional ways.
For example, this type of practice often involves working with underserved communities or creating strategies that have not been used in standard law practice in the past. It can also mean finding different ways to deliver legal services, embracing technology and focusing on process.
Whether it’s helping clients with employment issues, assisting with a criminal case or negotiating an estate plan, there is always room for law new in the legal world. The idea is to find creative ways to help clients and build a business that is not only profitable, but also sustainable.
This month, we look at some of the new laws that came into effect in 2023, including laws that help stop gender bias in product pricing, improve transparency on job pay and allow a quicker statute of limitations for personal injury cases. We also explore the legislative process and how bills become laws in Congress, from being introduced to a House or Senate committee through research, discussion and changes before they are finally passed into law by your or your authorized representative’s signature.
This bill would require City agencies that experience a data breach involving the private identifying information of individuals to promptly disclose the information to affected persons and the Chief Privacy Officer, as well as to the State Attorney General. The law would also align the City’s law with requirements under the State’s SHIELD Act.
This legislation would require that City agencies that are required to provide notice to employees and job applicants regarding student loan forgiveness programs prepare a summary of the program’s provisions. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) would publish the summary on its website, and DCWP would make it available at all City agency offices.