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How do you use FindLaw.com? Perhaps you enjoy reading our non-legalese analysis of the law behind today's biggest news stories. Or maybe you're seeking information about a legal issue that's really none of our business -- even though helping you is indeed our business.

We pride ourselves as being the "Swiss army knife" of legal know-how for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. You probably don't use all of the tools, but it's nice to know they're there.

To that end, here are some new features you may (or may not) have known about, from five different sections of FindLaw.com:

That News Graphic You Saw? The Info's From FindLaw

They like us. They really like us!

We've noticed a not-so-disturbing trend lately: FindLaw's name, and research, has been cited by a number of news outlets and infographics, and it's got us feeling oh-so-happy. You see, with all the hard work that our team puts into surveys, blog posts, and our Learn About the Law articles, it's great to see the fruits of our labor being put to good use -- in print, on TV, and online.

Yep, we're feeling the love, and we hope you won't mind a bit of shameless bragging. Here are a few recent examples of our information being shared by other outlets and media:

10 Things We Learned From the Trayvon Martin Case

A Florida jury delivered its verdict in the Trayvon Martin case on Saturday, more than a year after George Zimmerman was charged in the unarmed teenager's killing.

Like many Americans, we here at FindLaw.com followed the Zimmerman/Martin case closely from the very beginning. Over the past 18 months, we created a wide range of new content -- and updated some of our pre-existing content -- to help consumers like you learn more about the legal aspects of Zimmerman's prosecution.

If you haven't been following the case as closely as we have, here is a quick recap of (at least) 10 legal issues FindLaw has covered as the Trayvon Martin case unfolded:

Independence Day, which we simply call the Fourth of July, is a time to celebrate the founding of the U.S. as an independent nation. The revelry often involves backyard barbecues, cold beer, and fireworks -- probably not what the Founding Fathers envisioned, particularly the use of explosives as entertainment. But even if you're well versed in DUI and alcohol laws, you may not fully grasp the legal implications of lighting fireworks or shooting your gun into the air.

Chances are you will engage in at least one of these activities, if only as a spectator. But before you light that first bottle rocket or reach into the cooler, you owe it to yourself to read the Declaration of Independence. The historic document sowed the seeds for the Constitution when it declared that "all men are created equal," even though the road to equality has been (and continues to be) long and rocky.

So now that you've gotten in touch with your American roots, let's turn our attention to the laws governing the use of fireworks and firearms, and all the ways Americans like to have a blast on the 4th.