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Celebrating Canada’s National Aboriginal Day with a New Addition to the Indigenous Law Portal

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, and in celebration of this event, we are proud to open the Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal. This new segment of the portal expands our coverage for the first time beyond the United States. The Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal is divided into three regions: Eastern, Western, and Northern Canada.  These […]

The Law of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: A Beginner’s Guide

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month, and as such, it seems the perfect time to highlight resources that address the legal issues surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation in the United States. While these issues are frequently talked about as if they fall into a singular category, they bleed into multiple […]

The Sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, the RMS Lusitania set sail from New York City to Liverpool, England, carrying 1,959 passengers. On May 7, 1915, the ship was sailing off the Irish coast when a German U-Boat, U-20, fired a torpedo that sank the Lusitania within twenty minutes, killing 1,198 passengers, including 128 Americans. The sinking of […]

Miranda Rights and National Police Week

The following information relies on the recollections and opinions of a retired local jurisdiction law enforcement officer. When Betty wrote her “Legalese” post on terms from legal dictionaries, I mentioned that “mirandize” was one of my favorites. My dad had started his law enforcement career just a few years prior to the Supreme Court’s Miranda […]

National Police Week

This week is National Police Week. President John F. Kennedy is credited with creating the commemoration as part of a proclamation signed in 1962, which designated May 14th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as Police Week.  If you recall my recent post, it takes Congressional action to make […]

Top 5s in 2015

As the first third of the year draws to a close, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the metrics for a few different resources on Congress.gov and the Law Library’s website.  I find it helpful, when thinking about how to update and improve our website, to review what gets the most attention from our […]

Public Review of OASIS Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0 Standard Announced

After two years of hard work, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee is nearing the end of its formal standardization process for the Akoma Ntoso legislative data standard. As you may recall, Akoma Ntoso is an international parliamentary and legislative XML standard that enables the exchange of documents and data across legislative organizations. It was […]