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August 2013 Archives

Twitter, LinkedIn Are 'Following' FindLaw to Sunnyvale

Twitter and LinkedIn are soon to be FindLaw's new neighbors in Silicon Valley, but our Social Media team already considers them to be old friends.

Although the two tech giants will now be physically closer to our office in Sunnyvale, California -- where many of FindLaw's engineers and lawyer-writers are based -- FindLaw has already integrated both Twitter and LinkedIn into our marketing strategies and social presence.

So just where in our "trending" neighborhood will these social companies be locating?

It's fair to say that most of us have a love/hate relationship with school. Students love summer break, but may be just as excited to get back to school and see their friends -- even if they're kicking and screaming all the way to the bus stop. Parents get to breathe a sigh of relief, but also worry about what might happen to their child during the school day.

The start of the school year also raises a slew of legal issues, from the constitutional rights of students to the regulation of homeschooling and charter schools.

So sit up straight, put your phones away, and pay attention. Today we're covering a few key basics of education law, namely:

FindLaw Live: Blogging From the ABA Annual Meeting

A typical day in the life of a FindLaw for Legal Professionals blogger is full of variety. We'll write a post on small firm practice, then a post on young lawyer or law student life. We'll also dig through federal appeals court opinions and highlight the most ground-breaking, noteworthy and unusual cases, such as the man prosecuted for soiling a courthouse restroom or the U.S. Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act.

Each day is a little different. That's what makes this job great. But Monday was very different.

In a rare occurrence, FindLaw took to the streets -- or at least, to Moscone Center West in San Francisco -- for the ABA's Annual Meeting. We covered, live on Twitter and on our Strategist blog, speeches by Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who sounds like she is preparing to run in three years, as a writer for The Washington Post observed).

FindLaw's Legal 'Shark Week' Takes a Bite Out of Stereotypes

The Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" is probably more prominent than Presidents Day on many American calendars, and FindLaw's Legal Professional Blogs aren't skippng a beat in providing our readers with some sharky goodness.

After all, who better to talk about sharks than lawyers, as we're commonly maligned as "sharks" for (seemingly) preying on the weak and using overly aggressive tactics in litigation.

Much like real sharks, however, lawyers' ruthless reputations are often exaggerated. And FindLaw's Legal "Shark Week" is taking a bite out of those stereotypes.