The legal industry is in flux. The practice of law has always been dynamic, but the pace of change has accelerated dramatically in recent years. This is due in large part to the proliferation of alternative legal services providers (ALSPs). These new businesses are reshaping the law by offering innovative and efficient solutions. They are often referred to collectively as “new law,” but the term is difficult to define. It could mean everything from working with underserved communities to creating strategies that were not possible in the past. It could also be about experimenting with technology or creating client service delivery models that differ from those of the firm’s more traditional competitors.
A legal document that authorizes someone to act on another’s behalf in a specific legal situation. For example, a power of attorney allows an agent to sign contracts and make financial transactions on another’s behalf. A power of attorney can also be used to appoint a conservator or guardian to take care of an individual or property.
A person or organization that has authority to enforce a state’s or country’s laws. This includes government agencies, judges and attorneys general. In addition, a prosecutor or district attorney may have the authority to bring criminal charges against people or organizations that violate the law.
Money that a plaintiff receives in a civil case as compensation for damage or loss. Depending on the type of case, damages may be compensatory or punitive.
This bill would require City agencies to provide notice to employees and job applicants regarding student loan forgiveness programs. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) would prepare the notice in consultation with other City departments and agencies. The bill would require City-employed individuals to review the notice and provide DCWP with any questions or comments they have within 30 days of receipt. The notice would be available online at www.newyorkcity.gov/laws and on the DCWP website.
A federal lawmaking branch. Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and bills that become laws are enacted through a process known as passage by both bodies of Congress. Bills are introduced in one chamber and then assigned to a committee where members research, discuss and make changes before the bill is put to a vote. The final version of the bill becomes a Public Law or Act once it has been passed by both bodies and signed by the President. The legislation is then published in the Statutes at Large. The public law numbers link to slip law texts after they are enacted. Private laws are published separately.