Law new is about benefiting clients in ways that aren’t traditional for the industry. It’s about bringing new ideas to the table, embracing technology and changing how we do business. It’s also about a different way of practicing that doesn’t involve partners, uses non-traditional fee structures and often involves staffers who are not lawyers.
It’s a term that is thrown around a lot in the legal industry. But it’s hard to define because it’s a catch-all concept that is used to refer to any number of trends and changes occurring in the legal industry. The most important aspect of law new is that it produces change that is impactful to the legal consumer and society-at-large. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of tactics and internal efficiency initiatives.
For example, many law firms are now involved in “law new” strategies to find efficiencies and cut costs. This is an important and necessary effort for the profession. However, it’s not enough. Law new is about unleashing talent and offering the kind of legal help that people need at a time when they need it. It’s about using technology to provide the best service possible and doing so in a cost-effective way. It’s about transforming how we work so that we more closely resemble our corporate customers and society at large.
Another example of law new is the reform movement that was spawned by the Leyes Nuevas (New Laws) in 1542. These laws were enacted to reform relations between the Spanish colonists and the indigenous inhabitants of the New World. They were considered the first humanitarian laws in the New World and they liberated thousands of Indians who had been living in a state of semi-slavery. Unfortunately, the reforms were only partly successful because they were opposed by encomenderos who wanted to maintain the system of forced Indian labor and land ownership in the New World.
Other examples of law new include a focus on data security and the rise of artificial intelligence in the practice of law. These developments reflect the reality that we are operating in a rapidly changing and highly complex world. As such, the ability of law firms to respond to and adapt to these changes will determine their future success. The ones that are open to new ideas and new ways of working will succeed the most. Those that do not will be left behind. To learn more about these trends, check out the following articles on this website. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at: