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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 […]

“Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” Repository

The following is a guest post by Kimberly Ferguson, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management in the Library of Congress. You can now access “Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” – a new digital repository from the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. “Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” provides access […]

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 […]

The Perils of Widowhood

As part of my daily duties on the Global Legal Research team at the Law Library of Congress, I recently had to look into the issue of gender-based violence in Kenya and South Africa.  In the course of this exercise, I noticed that despite various law reform initiatives to strengthen laws designed to prevent certain […]

An Interview with Ken Sigmund, Library Technician

This week’s interview is with Richard “Ken” Sigmund, a Library Technician for Inventory and Physical Control in our Collection Services Division. Describe your background. I am a native Marylander.  Baltimore is my hometown and I have also lived in Silver Spring, Lexington Park, and Prince George’s County.  I recently moved into Washington, DC but I […]

December Retrospective

We love it when other bloggers talk about In Custodia Legis.  A few of our posts were discussed across the legal blogosphere this month.  The Tools for My Trade? post was mentioned on the Legal Informatics Blog.  Nathan’s Laws in a Crusader State was highlighted on Dum Spiro Spero.  Hanibal’s post, Congratulations to the People Behind […]