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African American History Month

Last year Christine wrote about some of the laws and history relating to African American History Month, which is observed every February.  We thought we’d take a closer look and expand on some of the information in that post. Although a law designating February as African American History Month was not passed until 1986 (more […]

Super Bowl, Indy, and Blackouts – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division. It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, a quasi-national holiday when hundreds of millions of Americans (111 million last year) watch the NFL’s championship game. This year’s big game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in […]

Bacon and the Law Redux

Sunday (January 22) was the 451st birthday of the English philosopher and politician, Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Francis Bacon is usually remembered as the father of modern science and the founder of the empirical method of inquiry. Opinions vary on how important he was for any particular science, but he is generally held to have been […]

Impact of Class Actions on Pharmaceutical Oversight: US, Israeli and French Perspectives

A colleague recently drew my attention to the proposition that “in the United States, the specter of class-action lawsuits imposes a higher level of precaution on the part of drug makers.”  This statement was made in a newspaper article that discussed the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the prescription drug Mediator, which was […]

‘Twas the season to be jolly … and good … and eat lots of Christmas pudding.

The Holiday season flew by again this year.  It truly is my favourite time of the year.  When not frantically cooking or wrapping gifts, I always spend a part of my time feeling a bit homesick.  I compensate for this by watching Masterpiece Classics on PBS; although, there are only so many period dramas I can […]

Congratulations to the People Behind Kenya Law Reports!

The Kenyan Law Reports (KLR), a free Kenyan Law database, was just announced winner of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) 2011 Website Award Competition.  With this award, Kenyan Law Reports joins the ranks of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law websites that claimed […]