The law is not etched in stone, but rather serves as a reflection of society's ever-changing views on liberty and justice, anchored by its founding principles. Most major shifts in the law take time -- involving the mobilization of countless individuals and the often-frustrating mechanics of politics -- before bubbling to the surface in the form of a new statute or court ruling.
If it's "settled" law (relatively speaking), you can read about it in FindLaw.com's authoritative Learn About the Law section. Our Legal Blog Network, meanwhile, provides clear, legalese-free analysis of legal news and common legal issues.
OK, but what if you want to know what happened this morning, or even 15 minutes ago? Look no further than FindLaw's Legal Pulse.
Keeping Our Pulse on Legal News
FindLaw's Legal Pulse serves up-to-the-minute legal news covering a wide variety of topics and practice areas. "From stories of national interest to local legal stories, we have you covered," explained Senior Consumer Content Specialist Adam Ramirez, who's also worked as a lawyer and journalist.
Ramirez curates the "Editor's Picks" section at the top of the Legal Pulse page. Below his picks are the day's legal headlines from The Associated Press, Reuters, and other respected news outlets, automatically refreshed as they roll off the proverbial presses.
In the right-hand column, you'll see links for legal news organized by topic, such as Crime News and Supreme Court News. Essentially, Legal Pulse provides numerous ways to slice and dice legal news updates to suit your needs (or simply satisfy your curiosity).
Going Beyond the Headlines
Ramirez envisions Legal Pulse as not only a one-stop legal news page, but also a crucial part of the overall FindLaw experience.
For example, a February 26 article entitled "Judge rules Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional" reported on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. For more analysis, including an overview what's likely to happen next, you could check out FindLaw Senior Writer Brett Snider's post entitled "Texas' Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down; Appeal Pending" in FindLaw's Decided blog.
To learn more about the actual marriage statutes currently in effect in Texas, you could click on Texas Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws. And finally, our Same Sex Marriage section within Learn About the Law provides comprehensive coverage of settled law, historic information, and other related legal matters (States That Allow Same-Sex Marriage, for example).
So whether you have a personal stake in a given legal topic or just like to "geek out" from time to time, Legal Pulse is a great place to start. Think of it as another glimpse into the complex but fascinating world of laws and law-making.