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How Does a Case Become a Law? Ask Lily Ledbetter

In School House Rock! there's bill sitting on Capitol Hill, hoping and praying that he will become a law. He explains:

When I started, I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea. Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, "You're right, there ought to be a law." Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.

Certainly, that's how many bills originate, but it's not the only way. The seeds for some bills start in the courts, not with the constituents. Take, for example, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which evolved from a lawsuit.

The writers and editors behind FindLaw.com's Learn About the Law (LATL) section -- the best legal information site for people without law degrees -- like to plan ahead. That's one of the reasons we're so darned good, if I may say so myself. But occasionally, despite our best-laid plans (and often at the worst possible time), an emergency project drops in our laps and mass chaos ensues.

Okay, perhaps that is a little dramatic. Actually, we're quite adept at shifting gears and pulling together as a team to accomplish whatever surprise comes our way. In fact, that's when we truly shine.

Take, for instance, the heroic undertaking we dubbed Project Save the Day. Without boring you with the details of why this project suddenly cropped up, failure to execute would have left serious holes in our LATL coverage.

Hearts, Flowers and Prenups -- A FindLaw Valentine

It's that time of the year again. No, we are not talking about Christmas (although wouldn't that be nice ... ) we are talking about Valentine's Day. Love it or hate it, the Hallmark holiday lands right in the middle of a work week and here at FindLaw.com, we will be celebrating on Thursday like most offices probably are -- working with a little extra dose of chocolate.

That's right, our Valentine's Day will look exactly like any other day in our California office with one major exception: people love to bring sweet treats into work to share. Candy hearts, lollipops, chocolates--you name it, we will be eating it here in Sunnyvale. Hopefully, there might be some leftovers for Friday as well.

Kardashian 101: Andrew Chow Uses Stars to Shine Light on the Law

When Andrew Chow started at FindLaw.com, he couldn’t identify a single Kardashian. That may not be an occupational hazard in most fields, but a passing familiarity with the Kardashians is practically a requirement for FindLaw bloggers.

Regardless of how you feel about the first family of reality TV, the Kardashians have faced a plethora of legal dilemmas: divorce, lawsuits, contract disputes, etc. FindLaw’s writers have used some of those “real” world experiences to explain legal concepts to readers.

So how did Chow — a recent law school grad and former television news producer — overcome his Kardashian handikap?