'Green Lantern' Shines Light on FindLaw's Free Legal Info

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on July 31, 2012 10:06 AM

FindLaw's free legal information is more powerful than a locomotive, and we know web users want answers faster than a speeding bullet. Or at least, as fast as their Internet connections will allow.

That's why FindLaw's super teams of attorneys and engineers are fine-tuning our website as part of a heroic project called Green Lantern.

Why "Green Lantern?" The term came up in a staff meeting, around the time of the 2011 movie of the same name. For anyone familiar with the movie or the comic book character, the name is actually quite fitting.

While FindLaw's Green Lantern doesn't involve magical rings that embolden its bearers with super powers, it does involve powerful computer codes that work wonders in organizing our website's more than 2 million pages of content.

Most of our content is new or recently refreshed, but some of the content management set-up and coding dated back 5 years or more. "It was stored in a pretty ad-hoc system," explains Caleb Groos, editor of FindLaw's core consumer content.

Enter Green Lantern, armed with the power of content management.

With Green Lantern in place, a FindLaw visitor's search for "employment law," for example, can call up FindLaw's Employee Rights Center -- a "one-stop shop" of sorts, with links to almost every conceivable legal topic relating to employment law.

Green Lantern has the power to bring all of our current and archived legal info to the fore, so users don't have to dig around to find it. This includes links to related blog posts, discussions in our unique FindLaw Answers forum, as well as our lawyer directory service.

Green Lantern's powers have also revamped our legal professional website, which now boasts a redesigned Corporate Counsel Center and a new section on Modern Law Practice including the use of social media. "It's distilling what's most important for our audience -- no distractions," said Andy Zangrilli, editor of FindLaw's legal professional content.

Like the superhero Green Lantern, perhaps the wide-reaching super powers of FindLaw's Green Lantern project also deserves an oath:

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No hidden content shall escape our sight.
Let those with questions about laws and rights
Behold the power -- Green Lantern's light!