The evolution of laws happens in a variety of ways for a wealth of reasons. Sometimes, as discussed last week, it is simply the collective changing of our social acceptance. In other cases there is a quick change that requires people to rethink the way things were done. This is happening throughout the hardest hit areas of New York post-Hurricane Sandy.
In every area touched by the hurricane a reality is setting in that weather patterns are likely to leave many of these areas susceptible to more hurricanes in the future. As a result legal building codes and zoning for housing and businesses are likely to change. For legal aides to the city, state, and federal government, as well as personal lawyers to home and business owners, this is likely to make for a complex rethinking of standards for buildings and so much more.
If you are a lawyer looking to help victims or help the city with recovery a refresher on laws surrounding building safety and insurance policy are worth boning up on. Some online CLE or some other form of New York continuing legal education will helpfully bolster your credentials in these very nuanced and complex areas of law.