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What Matters Most to a FindLaw Writer

This post in the From the Managing Editor series is a look at how we do what we do. My group here at 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:

You can't work with the law, write about the law, and help people with the law every day without coming to love at least some of those laws. We here at FindLaw love the law.

Luckily, laws aren't like your children. You're allowed to pick favorites. (And pick your least favorites, too. We're looking at you, Rule Against Perpetuities.) Here are some of our favorite laws, constitutional provisions, and cases, from the FindLaw staff:

Attorney, writer, and world traveler Gina Scialabba is doing exactly what she set out to do as a young child. Scialabba, a Senior Writer in FindLaw's Core Content team, said she wanted to be either a lawyer or a writer ever since she was six. Luckily for her, she gets to do both in her current job. Having worked a couple of stints for FindLaw as a contractor, Scialabba was recently hired as a full-fledged member of the staff; and we couldn't be happier.

She took a few moments out of her busy Monday morning to shed some light on what makes her tick, including her earliest inclinations toward the legal profession and her life outside of the office. Below is an edited transcript.

This Is What a FindLaw Engineer Looks Like

For this month's From the Managing Editor series, I want to think about Silicon Valley's latest controversy: #ILookLikeAnEngineer. It all started when her company decided to feature a picture of Isis Anchalee as part of a recruiting campaign. Isis, to the horror of some, is young, pretty, and female. Was this just a ploy to lure brogrammers to the company? She must be a model or some kind of fake! No, Isis is a full-stack engineer for OneLogin.

We try to answer all of your legal questions here at FindLaw, and sometimes the most accurate answer is: "It depends." Legal outcomes can depend on a variety of issues -- the facts of the case, the quality of the evidence, the timing of the lawsuit or charges, etc., -- and predicting how a case will turn out is difficult, if not impossible.

One of the most influential factors in any case will be the law itself, which can vary from state to state. This is why FindLaw has a comprehensive State Laws section, providing state-specific statutes for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.