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The Show Outside the Supreme Court – Pic of the Week

This week’s Pic of the Week is from outside our neighbor to the north, the Supreme Court.  I’m not sure if many of you heard, but they had some cases to announce this week.  Debbie, who specializes in federal government documents including the Supreme Court, made a trip to visit the Supreme Court yesterday morning.  When she arrived back in the Law Library Reading Room, I tweeted:

Fresh from the Supreme Court, our copy of the #PPACA‬ opinion. pic.twitter.com/1hU7p4GU

I think we had our copy of the decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before it was posted online to the world.  Debbie was kind enough to take a few photos on her journey.  There was even one of some belly dancers (but I didn’t see Hope).  The photo below best captures the crowd that gathered.

The Supreme Court before the release of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius

Earlier in the week Debbie sent around to the reference staff this note with some background information that I wanted to share:

Thought I would give you a heads up that according to news sources the Supreme Court will likely rule on the federal health care cases on Thursday.  While we have the supporting briefs housed in the cage; the orders, briefs, and other information regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases are also available on the Supreme Court website.

Here is a list of the cases and corresponding docket numbers:

An Interview with Patrick Ouellette, Information Technology Specialist

This week’s interview is with Patrick who works as an Information Technology Specialist in the Law Library’s Information Technology Office (ITO). Describe your background. I am a Midwesterner and small-city person.  I was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio.  Sandusky is a city on the shore of Lake Erie, about midway between Cleveland and Toledo.  […]

Update on Medieval Canon Law, and How to Deal with a Complex Book

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law: Esztergom, 3-8 August 2008 While reviewing some new Italian legal materials, I became intrigued by a monograph recently acquired by the Benelux, France and Italy Section […]

An Interview with Roberto Salazar, Senior Program Specialist for the Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness & Compliance at the Library of Congress

In our day-to-day operations, as part of the greater Library of Congress (LC), the personnel of the Law Library have the opportunity and necessity to exchange and gain guidance, expertise, and insight from other personnel of the LC.  The Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness and Compliance (OIC), formerly the Office of Workforce Diversity (OWD), is one […]

Meet Alexander Hoffmann: A Law Library of Congress Patron

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs Kuhagen, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division.  Meg has previously posted on a variety of topics including States in the Senate, House Committee Hearings Video, the Cardiff Giant, the Canadian Library of Parliament, football blackouts, and librarian services. We have interviewed Law Library staff and our colleagues from around the Library of Congress here at In Custodia Legis. But, […]

Law in Fresco in the Vatican Museums

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs Kuhagen, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division.  Meg has previously posted on a variety of topics including States in the Senate, House Committee Hearings Video, the Cardiff Giant, the Canadian Library of Parliament, football blackouts, and librarian services. We have written about Roman law and canon law before at In Custodia Legis. On my recent trip […]

Using Secondary Legal Resources to Locate Primary Sources

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division.  Shameema is no stranger to In Custodia Legis. Her previous posts include: World Digital Library and the Qatar Foundation; Classes Offered by the Law Library of Congress; and Researching an Unfamiliar Country’s Law. This spring several of the staff in […]