I am not sure what got me thinking about this post in the From the Managing Editor series. Maybe it was some entertaining videos from our national sales conference. Maybe it was the annual goal setting last month. Maybe it was the post I wrote a few weeks ago about FindLaw's big 20th birthday. In any case, I started thinking about some values we hold to be crucial to the way we do business here at Thomson Reuters; most of all, the value of trust.
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FindLaw celebrated its 20th birthday in January 2016. Over the past two decades, FindLaw has gone through so many changes, it's hard to imagine the company's humble beginnings as a Silicon Valley startup. A number of current employees, however, don't need to imagine -- they were there.
In this new Insider series, we're highlighting FindLaw employees who have been with the company the longest. Today we have the pleasure of featuring Andy Zangrilli, FindLaw's Business Lead, Cases and Codes in Sunnyvale, California.
Time flies when you're having fun.
Of all the clichés I could think of about the passage of time, this is the one that I think best describes just how the little start-up that could -- FindLaw.com -- reached its 20th anniversary. Happy Birthday FindLaw. Next year you can drink!
See, fun. That is part of our ethos here at FindLaw, even though we are all grown up. We work every day to fulfill our mission to our users and bring them solutions to their legal problems, and we think you can tell if we love what we do. We think you can tell if we really believe that bringing people free, accurate, useful information and resources is important and yes, even fun. But how did we get here? Here's the story.
Language is such an essential part of functioning as a human. It connects and divides us, teaches and lies to us, keeps us honest and rips us off, makes us laugh, and cry, and occasionally gets us into trouble. FindLaw's mission depends on clear and trustworthy communication of the law to consumers, most of whom don't have law degrees. While the majority of Americans speak English, Spanish is by far the second-most spoken language in the United States. And since there will be as many as 41 million Spanish speakers in the U.S. by 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, we realized we needed to better communicate with this growing segment of legal consumers.
This post in the From the Managing Editor series is a look at how we do what we do. My group here at FindLaw.com are the content creators. Other than News, Answers, Social, and our huge lawyer directory, all the original content on the site comes from the fantastic attorney writers who are part of the content team.
This is my crew. They write, update, scrub, improve, edit, and publish a ton of content each and every day, all year long. I won't tell you exactly how much, but let's just say the usual response when I tell other teams at FindLaw and Thomson Reuters how much we get done on a weekly basis is an "ooohhhh." I have to say, I am proud of that fact.
The struggle for a good work-life balance is something professionals of all stripes are well acquainted with. Professional success requires immense dedication, but so does personal fulfillment.
Thankfully, FindLaw is a company where you can have both a challenging career and a rewarding personal life. Here's how.
States have a certain amount of freedom to experiment with the law, often through legislative action but also (and increasingly so) through the ballot box. States are what John Stewart once called the "meth labs of democracy," and often are just as volatile.
It wasn't long ago that same-sex marriage existed in a confusing, polarizing, and ever-shifting tangle of state and federal law, but that all changed with a single U.S. Supreme Court ruling. State laws allowing the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana (or cannabis) are following a similar trajectory, but it remains to be seen how the federal government ultimately will respond.
Here's a look at the latest changes in state marijuana laws from FindLaw's Learn About the Law Team.
How much time do you spend reading your email? Well, according to a 2012 survey, you're probably spending one out of every four work hours with your eyes glued to your inbox. So why not keep those eyes happy by checking out the fresh new face of FindLaw Newsletters.
FindLaw has been sending out dozens of information-packed newsletters for the better part of a decade, but check out these new features for 2015:
The U.S. economy may not be in the midst of a hiring boom, but if you're a job seeker, the news is generally good. Unemployment is down and economic growth is ticking up. Best of all, you've got FindLaw to help you out in your job search.
That's right, you can get much more than just legal information, attorney contacts, and great blogs at FindLaw. We've also got excellent resources to help job seekers know and protect their rights as they look to land a new gig or move up the ladder. Here are seven highlights:
2015 has already been a big year in the law. From marijuana to marriage, and state statutes to the Supreme Court, the past nine months have brought about many significant legal changes that affect day-to-day life in America.
This busy year in the law has kept everyone in the legal profession on their toes. This is certainly true for the content teams at FindLaw, as we continually cover the latest legal changes through our Legal Blog Network and our Learn About the Law sections. Here are a few of the biggest legal changes in 2015 we've covered so far: