The practice of law is a field that changes quickly. What was cutting edge one quarter can become outdated the next. A new trend that legal firms are embracing is the idea of “new law.” This concept has multiple meanings but generally refers to finding ways to deliver legal services in unique or innovative ways. It can involve working with underserved communities or creating strategies that have not been part of the traditional scope of legal practice.
The defining feature of a law is that it is a set of rules, guidelines, or principles that govern a particular social area or group of people. Laws can be as simple as a traffic rule or as complex as an international treaty. The concept of law has been a recurring topic in philosophical discourse, especially in the field of philosophy of law. Different philosophers have offered differing definitions of the nature and purpose of law. Utilitarian philosophers, such as John Austin, have argued that the purpose of law is to regulate and direct human behavior. Other philosophers, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, have argued that law reflects a morally unchanging set of natural laws.
In this issue of LawNews, we look at some of the many new developments in the world of law. Whether it is an innovative way to reach underserved clients or a new strategy for providing representation in high profile cases, the idea of “new law” offers up opportunities that all lawyers should consider carefully.
As a public institution, Temple University Beasley School of Law strives to serve as an academic and research leader in the fields of law, government, and society. This semester, students and faculty have been immersed in a variety of remarkable initiatives.
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Judge Judy Sheindlin ’65 is a legendary jurist who has blazed a trail for women in the legal profession. She joined us on November 13 to talk about her long career and share some advice for aspiring attorneys.