Daniel B. Rodriguez: “Newlaw” and the New Lawyering

The legal industry has always been unsettled. The dynamic character of technological innovation (illustrated by Moore’s Law) makes our legal system less steady, but also more supple.

We’re now in a period of “newlaw,” defined by qualitative and quantitative measures of accelerating legal change. Familiar strategies and techniques we’ve used to meet the demands of clients and society are being reinvented. Newlaw has different expectations of lawyers. Therefore, newlaw lawyering requires different skillsets and training. This includes adapting our educational programs, in law school and after.

What are the characteristics of newlaw? How can the legal industry proceed creatively and rapidly in this changing environment?

About Daniel B. Rodriguez

Daniel B. Rodriguez is the Harold Washington Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He served as law school dean from January 2012 through August 2018. He was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School (autumn 2018) and the Louis Brandeis visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School (spring 2019).

Daniel has taught full-time at numerous law schools including the University of Texas-Austin, the University of San Diego (where he also served as dean) and the University of California, Berkeley.

His scholarship and teaching spans a range of topics in public law, including administrative law, local government law, constitutional law and teaching. He’s also deeply interested in the law-business-technology interface.

Daniel was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2014. He serves as chair of the ABA Center for Innovation, a council member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to ROSS Intelligence, Inc.

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