The legal profession is constantly changing, and that’s good news for clients. In fact, some of the most successful law firms focus on something called “new law,” which is a way to use new strategies to help clients in different ways than traditional law practices.
New law is a broad concept that can mean anything from using new technology to offering specialized services for different types of clients. It can also be used to refer to the idea that law needs to become more client-centric and take a more business process approach to its work.
This is an effort to create a more collaborative environment where there is one team and one goal, which is the benefit of the client. It’s an attempt to make the legal industry more like its corporate customers and society at large, which means it will be a more diverse group in terms of cognitively, demographically, culturally and experientially. It will be more agile, tech and data-proficient, empathetic, customer-focused, and highly collaborative. It will be able to deliver products and services that are accessible, affordable, on-demand, scalable, and data-sharing, and that will help solve problems and capture opportunities at the speed of business and society.
It will also mean a more integrated legal function that works seamlessly across the enterprise with other departments, erasing artificial, lawyer-created distinctions between provider sources. A good example of this is pharmaceutical company collaboration in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Finally, it will mean a more proactive, risk-driven, customer-centric, and globally integrated legal service delivery model. A good example of this is a legal department that collaborates with other functions in the enterprise and with external providers to identify, manage, mitigate or extinguish potential risks, freeing up management time and resources to concentrate on strategic priorities, and to produce better-informed and more timely decisions on legal matters.
SUMMARY OF THE BILL
This bill would require City agencies that have experienced a breach of security involving personal information to promptly disclose the breach to the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the Cyber Command, and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The bill would amend the City’s data breach notification laws to align them with requirements in New York State law.
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This bill is currently pending in the City Council. For more information about the status of this and other bills in the City Council, please see the New York City Council Legislation website or NYC Rules.