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Attorney, writer, and world traveler Gina Scialabba is doing exactly what she set out to do as a young child. Scialabba, a Senior Writer in FindLaw's Core Content team, said she wanted to be either a lawyer or a writer ever since she was six. Luckily for her, she gets to do both in her current job. Having worked a couple of stints for FindLaw as a contractor, Scialabba was recently hired as a full-fledged member of the staff; and we couldn't be happier.

She took a few moments out of her busy Monday morning to shed some light on what makes her tick, including her earliest inclinations toward the legal profession and her life outside of the office. Below is an edited transcript.

This Is What a FindLaw Engineer Looks Like

For this month's From the Managing Editor series, I want to think about Silicon Valley's latest controversy: #ILookLikeAnEngineer. It all started when her company decided to feature a picture of Isis Anchalee as part of a recruiting campaign. Isis, to the horror of some, is young, pretty, and female. Was this just a ploy to lure brogrammers to the company? She must be a model or some kind of fake! No, Isis is a full-stack engineer for OneLogin.

We all have passions and interests we pursue away from our desks, and the FindLaw team is no different. A few months ago we highlighted some of the skills and interests FindLaw employees bring to their lives outside the office, but our team is just too amazing to be contained in one post.

So we're back again for Part 2 of FindLaw staff's hidden talents, showcasing our musical, linguistic, and altruistic talents.

Summer for kids may mean no more teachers and no more books, but you're an adult. And reading is fun-damental. Plus, as a grown-up of legal age, you can flip the pages of your favorite paperback with a cold glass of sangria or a frosty beer.

We're pretty sure you won't need help finding your favorite beverage, but in the spirit of summer literacy, our FindLaw staff offered these 10 summer reads:

Life Before FindLaw

FindLaw's Silicon Valley office pulls in a unique mix of writers, lawyers, engineers, advertisers, business strategists, and other talented professionals. We come from all over the world, representing numerous perspectives, but always strive toward the good of the whole. 

It's no secret that Silicon Valley's success is largely derived from the profound diversity of experiences reflected in its people. FindLaw's office in Sunnyvale, just a stone's throw away from Apple and Google, is no exception.

So what types of experiences shape our collective culture here in Sunnyvale? We asked a few colleagues to tell us what they did before coming to FindLaw.

We try to answer all of your legal questions here at FindLaw, and sometimes the most accurate answer is: "It depends." Legal outcomes can depend on a variety of issues -- the facts of the case, the quality of the evidence, the timing of the lawsuit or charges, etc., -- and predicting how a case will turn out is difficult, if not impossible.

One of the most influential factors in any case will be the law itself, which can vary from state to state. This is why FindLaw has a comprehensive State Laws section, providing state-specific statutes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

So you think you're familiar with FindLaw, huh? You may impress your friends and colleagues with your ability to capitalize the "L" in "Law," but we're not as easily convinced. Any real FindLaw follower would know at least three lesser known facts about the company that practically (and literally) first put lawyers on the Internet.

Ready to test your FindLaw mettle? Check out these 3 things you probably didn't know about FindLaw:

The Bay Area attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world, which makes for a most fascinating and dynamic region. But if you look around, you'll also find plenty of locals who have hitched their wagons to the ever-changing technology behemoth we call Silicon Valley. One of these locals is FindLaw's own Patrick Kennedy, Technology Manager for the Audience Team in Sunnyvale. Kennedy, who started at FindLaw in April, comes to us from one of the Valley's original tech innovators, Hewlett-Packard.

He has always worked in information technology, but really enjoys the business side of things. In his new position at FindLaw, he'll get to straddle those two worlds as he manages product strategies from a technology perspective.

"What brought me to FindLaw was the opportunity to get back to management," Kennedy explained. "I enjoy helping develop people's skills. It's a nice reward to see people [under your management] do well."

It's been a busy June at FindLaw, with over 7 million visits to FindLaw.com pages this month alone.

So what were our top performing pages of the past 30 days, and what was our audience most interested in learning about? Let's take a look at the numbers:

When tech companies stress their values, you often hear buzzwords like "innovation" or "disruptive" used like clubs. But what about "agile?" While it's certainly very helpful for employees to be mentally and physically quick and nimble, when Silicon Valley talks about "Agile," you may be missing the big picture.

So what does it mean to be "Agile," and how is FindLaw taking part?