Earlier this week, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress paid a visit to Capitol Hill. The Committee is composed of legal professionals from across the United States and “serves as the voice of the legal profession concerning the Law Library of Congress (LLC)“. The Standing Committee is the second-oldest entity within the greater ABA; and this year it celebrates a relationship of 80 years with the Law Library. When it was first established in 1932, its name was the “Standing Committee on the Facilities of the Law Library of Congress.” We took advantage of this meeting, which included a geographically diverse group of supporters, and provided a presentation of items from our Rare Book Collection.
In the photo above, our Rare Book Curator, Nathan Dorn, shows member leaders of the ABA our star acquisition of 2011, the Casus breves. If you are a follower of In Custodia Legis, you may recall this fifteenth century book (two volumes in one) was acquired with the generous support of Julie Chrystyn Opperman in honor of her husband, Dwight D. Opperman. It was first presented at last year’s Wickersham Award Ceremony.