New Law for Lawyers

New Law

The legal world is one that changes at a rapid pace. As a result, it’s important that lawyers are open to new ideas at all times. These new ideas may include working with underserved communities or coming up with strategies that have not been a part of traditional law practice in the past. In addition, many legal firms are now focused on a concept known as “new law.” While this can be a difficult idea to define, it is an important concept that all legal professionals should embrace.

Congressional Documents

Congressional documents are public laws enacted by Congress. They include public laws (called PL numbers) that are published in slip law texts and the Statutes at Large, and private laws that are published by the Library of Congress and available for free online through its National Digital Information Resources program. This collection also includes bills, resolutions, and other Congressional documents.

State Laws

The law of a country or region is made up of the constitution, laws passed by a legislature and periodically codified in the Consolidated Laws, and decisions made by courts that interpret those laws. The law of a state such as New York consists of the New York Constitution, laws passed by the Governor and the Legislature and occasionally codified in the Consolidated Laws, New York city ordinances and regulations and decisions made by courts that interpret those rules.

This site allows you to browse and search the laws of New York including constitutional, statutory and regulatory law as well as case law. It is a joint project of the New York Law Center and the Office of the Attorney General.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed 730 bills into law in 2024, and another 87 are currently pending her review. Some of these new laws include raising the minimum wage in NYC, Westchester and Long Island to $15 per hour; expanding eligibility for crime victim compensation funds; and making it easier for victims to qualify for drug testing resources under Matthew’s Law, which was named after a college student who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2020.