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It's almost October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We know -- every month is a "special" month nowadays, but with the recent Ray Rice scandal and the National Football League's stutter-step response, the issue is more timely and relevant than ever. Perhaps the best thing to come from the four suspensions, the leaked videos, and the outrage will be more awareness of a problem that is far too often often kept behind closed doors.

Here at FindLaw, we have a number of domestic violence resources that victims and advocates may find particularly helpful:

You probably already knew this, but we have a pretty good idea of what our users are searching for. Sure, it's a little creepy when Google knows your question before you even type it into the box. We don't get that personal, but we do pay attention to frequently searched terms in order to better understand -- and serve -- your needs.

Since today is Constitution Day, we thought we'd share the Top 5 FindLaw.com search terms related to the U.S. Constitution. You'll also find valuable resources for each topic listed below, but feel free to search for more:

It's been 13 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and quite a bit has changed in the fullness of time. Perhaps most poignantly, "Ground Zero" now serves as the foundation for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum -- including relics like the "Miracle Cross."

But FindLaw's Gabriella Khorasanee, Team Lead for Direct to Consumer products and a native New Yorker, still remembers the World Trade Center site as it was -- as a dual colossus striding New York City's skyline. A steel and glass symbol, a sigil even, of the city she knew and still loves.

Gabriella has deeply etched memories of 9/11, when she was working at a Manhattan law firm. She shared some of her recollections with FindLaw Insider.

Fall at FindLaw: Back to School Sure, but There's More

Welcome to the first in a series that we hope you will like, From the Managing Editor. That's me. It's a first for me, and for FindLaw.com.

Speaking of firsts, it's really that time of year, isn't it? Sure, people think of fresh starts on New Year's, but for me, the fresh start time of year has always been fall. Back to school, back to work, back from vacation.

So what is that fresh start here at FindLaw? Well, as always, we have some great resources to help parents cope with the maze that is back to school. We also have new content, new resources, and really, a new attitude (goes with the new fall shoes).

Everyone needs a break during the hot and busy summer months, even our dedicated staff. Last Wednesday, FindLaw employees and contractors participated in our annual summer picnic/BBQ, and this year proved to be a real hit!

Check out some of the fun festivities FindLaw employees took part in during this year's FindLaw picnic.

New at FindLaw: ERISA Explained

No, ERISA isn't the name of that girl from high school you can't remember, it's the legal unpinning for employee benefits and retirement. And FindLaw knows all about her.

If you want to educate yourself on ERISA's reporting requirements, penalties for ERISA violators, or how ERISA, a federal law, meshes with state law protections, FindLaw's Learn About the Law section is the place to go.

Here's a quick preview of some of our newest ERISA content:

Illicit drugs have been part of human civilization since the beginning, although government policies and public perceptions tend to change quite regularly. It wasn't that long ago when doctors regularly prescribed cocaine and heroin as wonder drugs for a whole host of maladies, as trumpeted by an 1884 New York Times article: "The new uses to which cocaine has been applied with success ... include hayfever, catarrh [excessive mucus buildup], and toothache."

That may seem absurd now, but are we really that much more enlightened today? U.S. laws have tried to control drugs ever since the Prohibition movement mobilized in the late 19th century, with mixed results. FindLaw's Drug Charges section not only helps non-lawyers understand these laws, but provides essential historical context as well.

Today's Insider introduces three recent FindLaw articles about the sweeping drug enforcement changes of the 1970s and how they continue to shape drug policies today. Take a look at what's new:

You may have noticed that it is the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week. You may have even cared. You may have also heard lawyers referred to as "sharks" once or twice in the 1950s. (Today, we use much less polite terms for attorneys, like ambulance chaser, shyster, or other things that aren't fit to print.)

Ladies and gents of the legal professional persuasion: We present to you FindLaw's "Legal Shark Week II," which wraps up today. What do our legal blog posts have to do with the Discovery Channel? Not a darn thing. But hey, it's a fun theme for blogging.

Take a look at what you may have missed:

As summer wanes and the days become shorter, kids and parents alike may dread the opening rites of back-to-school season: the registrations, the school-supply shopping, and a forest's worth of legal forms to sign.

While we here at FindLaw.com can't help you decide whether you need college-ruled or wide-ruled notebooks, we've done all your homework on important back-to-school legal issues.

Consider us your legal "cheatsheet" for going back to school. Here are some highlights from FindLaw.com that you may find particularly helpful:

A new report finds that more than one in three Americans has debt in collections. But don't panic! FindLaw.com has many resources that can help.

According to the Urban Institute, 35 percent of U.S. consumers are struggling with debt in collections -- amounting to approximately 77 million Americans. But what can these debtors do to climb out from underneath their financial obligations?

Check out these three ways FindLaw can help Americans who are struggling with debt in collections: