We continue our Friday round-up of what is newest, best and brightest at FindLaw.com. Below, you will find this week's offerings from various areas of FindLaw's unique content, including: core legal content, blogs, news and case law. Take a look at what's new:
FindLaw Consumer Blogs:
- Federal Civil Rights Charges: What's the Process?: George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has triggered calls for federal prosecution. Justice Department lawyers are looking into whether Zimmerman may have violated Martin's civil rights, or even committed a hate crime. What would those charges entail? FindLaw's Blotter walks you step by step through a federal civil rights case.
- Are You Ever Too Young to Write a Will?: The unexpected death of "Glee" actor Cory Monteith reminds us that you're never too young to plan your estate. But young people often have many questions about drafting a will, including who their beneficiaries should be and what to do with their so-called "digital assets." FindLaw's Law and Daily Life breaks down a few basics of estate planning for the young and the young-at-heart.
FindLaw Legal Professional Blogs:
- Studies Show Judges Hate Legalese; So Do We: A federal judge's liberal use of the phrase "inter alia" gave us cause to examine, inter alia, whether courts prefer plain English to flowery legal prose. While one study found a slight difference in preferences among different types of courts, there seems to be clear consensus regarding the (over)use of "legalese." FindLaw's Greedy Associates spells out what practicing lawyers need to know.
Law Firm Management:
- New Supreme Court Rulings Will Influence Judicial Standards Relating to Harassment Claims: Two recent High Court rulings are set to change the way courts look at employer liability for worker harassment. In one case, justices offered new guidance about who's considered a "supervisor"; in another, they discussed when an employer can reasonably decline to investigate a harassment claim. Check out FindLaw's latest Corporate Counsel article for some legal analysis and insight.
-- Andrew Chow, FindLaw Audience Team