New Laws for Law Firms

The legal profession is one of the fastest moving sectors out there. What’s new in one quarter may not work in the next, and that means that law firms need to always be open to ideas that can help them reach out to clients or find new ways to provide legal services. That’s why many legal firms are now looking at something known as “law new.” Though it is not an easy concept to pin down, the general idea behind law new is that it means providing legal services in completely different ways than traditional law practice has done in the past. This can include working with underserved communities, finding new ways to deliver legal services or even focusing on a particular type of legal matter.

The New Laws were the results of a reform movement in reaction to what some encomenderos viewed as less effective, decades-old Leyes de Burgos (Laws of Burgos). These laws prohibited the enslavement of Indians and forbade them from being passed on to their descendants. While the reforms did not fully eliminate encomienda, they marked a significant step in the direction of humane treatment of indigenous peoples.

A local law to amend the City’s data breach notification laws to be more consistent with the requirements of State and federal laws relating to the disclosure of personal information following a security breach of a person’s private, identifying information. The legislation would require City agencies that suffer a security breach involving such information to promptly disclose the breach to affected persons and the media.

A Local Law to amend the City Charter and Administrative Code to rename the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, establish the Office of Labor Standards and the Division of Paid Care as offices within the Department, and make other changes to agency nomenclature and procedures. This bill also provides for the waiver and refund of certain sidewalk cafe revocable consent fees, effective immediately.

A local law to amend the City’s zoning laws by providing that commercial establishments that offer delivery services shall be located in the same land use as the retail or restaurant establishment that operates the delivery service, and to repeal a provision in section 5-19 of chapter 20 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York, relating to the licensing of third-party food delivery services.