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    Re: drug test***Bob***

    Posted by Bob R/CA on 2/16/06

    On 2/16/06, Curmudgeon wrote:
    > On 2/16/06, Bob R/CA wrote:
    >> On 2/16/06, regina wrote:
    >>> If you were given a drug test and it came back positive
    >> but
    >>> the substances are unknown,how long can a person be
    >>> suspended? Can the same urine be tested twice?
    >> Suspended from what? This is an attorney chatboard, why did
    >> you post this here?
    > Bob, have you considered making the "legal questions" button
    > bigger or brighter so its easier to locate?

    Thanks for the input, Mudge.

    I have a big organizational challenge here, not just how to
    display the stuff, but how to conceptually arrange it. It goes
    to the heart of this entire website - what is this website's
    purpose? Who is its target?

    This winter marks ten years for Counsel.Net, and ten years of
    wrestling with that question. I have always envisioned this
    website as a resource for attorneys and legal professionals, but
    without registration (which would destroy the traffic, without
    some compelling benefit) it would be impossible to strictly
    limit the community to this segment.

    Over time it's become obvious that the general public wants
    resources to help them solve legal problems, and find legal
    assistance. Rather than ignore this need, I have come to
    embrace it and am seeking to channel this need into something
    that will benefit the attorneys for whom this site is designed.

    As you can see from the very top header, I am now dividing the
    traffic into three components - the attorneys (and support
    fields), law students, and the public.

    For the attorneys, I want to provide them a way to network with
    other attorneys, and have quick access to referrals and help with
    legal matters. A peer support community. While litigators may
    be intrinsically adversarial, if a huge support community can be
    fostered, in time they can derive a great benefit. What
    practitioner doesn't have some challenge every day or week that
    they don't have the answer to? In a huge online community,
    answers to almost every question can be found, or at least a
    referral to someone or someplace that can help.

    For the public, help with threshold legal issues. Do I have a
    case? Do I need a lawyer? Generally speaking, what can I
    expect? And here's where our attorneys can benefit - who
    specifically can help me with this matter? If the public
    contribution can be managed, without making the practioners feel
    they are wasting their time among clowns or pretenders, then
    everyone can benefit. And over time, this website will build up
    a repertoire of material indexed in the search engines which
    will help everyone in similar straits.

    For the law students, this site offers promise as a place to
    develop their legal analytical skills, to network with other law
    students and attorneys, and to develop strategies for optimizing
    their career.

    So, this is what we have to work with, and my challenge is to
    arrange it in such a way that the attorneys properly feel at
    home, that the public can quickly find answers and legal
    assistance, and where the discussions flow at a dynamic pace.

    I've already invested about a month into site redesign and
    content, now I just need to get the copy into the proper places
    so that the users quickly grasp where to go and what to do.

    How are we doing so far? What do you like, and what needs some

    Posts on this thread, including this one
  • drug test, 2/16/06, by regina.
  • Re: drug test, 2/16/06, by Bob R/CA.
  • Re: drug test***Bob***, 2/16/06, by Curmudgeon.
  • Re: drug test***Bob***, 2/16/06, by Bob R/CA.
  • Re: drug test***Bob***, 2/17/06, by v.
  • Re: drug test***Bob***, 2/27/06, by Carol.

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