As the legal profession continues to evolve, it is important for firms to embrace change. Increasingly, that means looking for ways to offer the kind of help that clients need in new and different ways. This is a process often referred to as “law new.” It may involve working with underserved communities or coming up with strategies that have never been part of standard practice. It could mean a new way to use technology or offering a non-traditional form of fee structure. The idea behind this is to help clients while also growing the firm’s bottom line and creating new opportunities for staffers.
Law new is a term that is often used to refer to the concept of alternative legal service providers (ALSPs), including companies, startups and even law firm subsidiaries that augment traditional practices. The goal of these businesses is to provide a range of legal services that are not available from traditional firms or government offices. Some examples include specialized immigration work, patent prosecution and litigation support. This is a growing area of the legal industry, and a new way for many firms to serve their clients.
The law of the state of New York consists of constitutional, statutory and regulatory laws passed by the legislature and periodically codified in the New York Consolidated Laws and decisions by courts that interpret those laws. The city’s laws are a separate category that includes municipal ordinances, resolutions and rules.
This bill would require City agencies to provide their employees and job applicants with notices regarding federal and state student loan forgiveness programs. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, would prepare these notices for City agencies to distribute.
This legislation would protect property owners from deed theft by allowing District Attorneys to pause related eviction and ownership disputes and expand the list of crimes that can be used to void fraudulent conveyance or mortgage documents. Governor Kathy Hochul signed this bill today in Brooklyn alongside the Attorney General, members of the Legislature and victims of deed theft.