What Makes Law New?

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The legal industry is evolving and changing. It is embracing new models that are more client-centric and focused on outcomes rather than preserving legacy delivery models, outdated legal education, and self-congratulatory lawyer awards. It is using technology to create value. It is creating collaborative solutions to complex and significant global challenges. And it is using data to support these efforts, bringing legal teams together with business and cross-functional enterprise colleagues, and making better informed risk assessment, decision driving, and strategic choices for the future. These developments are what make law new.

Providing the public access to information about the government’s decision-making process is fundamental to our democracy. It should not be thwarted by shrouding decisions in secrecy and confidentiality. This bill reaffirms the right of the people to know the processes of their governments, and that their representatives in Congress should ensure that they have full and free access to all records concerning the laws they enact and the statistics they use to make those determinations.

In a Life of the Law conversation at NYU School of Law, Ukrainian human rights attorney Oleksandra Matviichuk shared her experiences in defending clients facing criminal charges for their online activities. The conversation was moderated by Herbert Rubin ’42, a name partner at Herzfeld + Rubin and longtime champion of NYU School of Law’s international program.

A bill is a formal legislative proposal that has been introduced in either the House of Representatives or Senate. They are numbered in the order they are introduced during each Congress. If they are voted on and passed in both chambers, they become Public Laws, or Acts. Typically, they are amended during the conferencing process in both houses before being signed into law by the President.

The law is becoming a global platform for collaborating to solve the significant problems that no single person, function, enterprise, or stakeholder group can conceive of and master. It is a safe and secure repository of collective experience and data, which provides quicker, practical, and predictable solutions to what were once bespoke legal matters. It is an approach to law that makes sense in a world where collaboration is essential.

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