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Magna Carta Lecture Series Launches July 8

The Law Library of Congress will kick off a series of lectures that will explore how Magna Carta has impacted both historical and contemporary topics such as legal representation, the status of women in medieval times, and the use of primary sources to illustrate history. The series is planned to coincide with the upcoming exhibition […]

A Tour of Runnymede

The following is a guest post by Geri Silverstone,  project director for the Magna Carta 800th Surrey Partnership at the National Trust. As the phrase clearly states, time marches on and waits for no man, so perhaps it should not come as a surprise to think that we have just a year to go before […]

Former U.S. Representative Pat Schroeder Discusses Her Tenure on the Hill

The Law Library of Congress hosted an engaging discussion with former U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder on Wednesday, June 4.  She spoke about her illustrious career as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado.  Deputy Librarian of Congress Robert Dizard Jr. interviewed Schroeder before a full house in LJ-119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The […]

Today We Celebrate Law Day

The Law Library of Congress celebrates Law Day each year with a program to commemorate the importance of our rights and the rule of law in American society.  As part of this year’s celebration, Barbara and Robert have prepared a display in the Law Library Reading Room to coincide with today’s program featuring Jeffrey Rosen of the National […]

2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The following is a guest post by Helen White Cauthen, Communications Specialist, Office of Development, University of Alabama School of Law. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, and to honor former Alabama law student and author Harper Lee, The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal partnered […]

Magna Carta is Coming to the Library of Congress

Today, the Library of Congress announced officially that Magna Carta is coming to the Library!  Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England, is loaning the Library its exemplification of a 1215 King John Magna Carta.  The historical document will be part of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, which opens November 6, 2014 and continues through January 19, […]

Law Library to Host Former U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder in Honor of Women’s History Month

The  National Women’s History Project has chosen “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment” as the 2014 theme for  National Women’s History Month in order to honor the extraordinary determination and tenacity of women. In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the Law Library of Congress will welcome former Representative Patricia Schroeder […]

Mexico’s Constitution and Its Square, the Zócalo

Today, I return to blogging for In Custodia Legis after a considerable hiatus.  That gap came from being involved in other projects, among these the Library of Congress Leadership Development Program and the coordination of the Library’s recent Celebration of Mexico and tribute to the Living Legend Award Winner, Dr. Miguel León-Portilla. In keeping with Mexican and Spanish […]