One of my very favorite tasks each semester is introducing legal research to the nursing students. They have a required course in health legislation and policy, so I get to show them how to find current bills winding their way through Congress and the California legislature. What makes this particularly fun and satisfying is the fact that I am reaching people who will not be part of the legal profession. And yet they will know how to find a law, track a law, and look up its history.
These are things that I think everyone should know about. Everyone who knows more about the legal process is one more person who is informed about how our system of government works. I am such a pollyanna this morning — too much coffee? Perhaps. But I honestly believe that knowledge is power and we can never impart too much knowledge when it comes to our government's activities.