New Laws in Effect Jan. 1

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Across the country, state legislatures passed new laws that went into effect as the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1. These new laws range from the quirky to the serious, but all have the potential to impact residents in their respective states. Some of these laws have a political flavor, such as Florida’s voter ID law and a Texas law allowing local police to enforce federal immigration laws. Others address topics dominating American discourse, such as the ELVIS Act (regarding a person’s right to control their likeness) and a law that would require data breach notifications.

In this time of economic uncertainty, many law firms have been seeking to improve the way they provide legal services to clients by trying to innovate and take a different approach to their practice. This approach has been referred to as “New Law.” While this term is somewhat vague and subjective in nature, there are some key aspects of this new type of law practice that can be identified.

New Law is typically defined as a nontraditional area of law where lawyers are using technology, focusing on process and employing different business models to better serve their clients. This can include alternative legal service providers, startups and even subsidiaries of traditional law firms that augment their practice by offering other types of services to their clients. New Law can also include different methods of delivering legal services to underserved communities and creative strategies that have never been used by the industry in the past.

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