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2013 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. The annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is given to a book-length fictional work that “best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society in the spirit of Atticus Finch.” John Grisham won the inaugural prize […]

Department of State Honors Law Library for Legal Research Expertise

The following article originally appeared in the May 3,  2013, edition of Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. The U.S. Department of State this week honored the Law Library of Congress for legal research work it provides in support of global criminal-justice programs. The State Department presented the “Outstanding Partnership in Criminal Justice Assistance” […]

Upcoming Event: The Role and Impact of Islamic Law in Transitioning Arab Spring Countries

The Law Library, along with the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, will hold a  panel discussion on the role and impact of Islamic law in transitioning Arab Spring countries. The program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building,101 Independence […]

Law Day Panelists Focus on Equality

 As part of our annual Law Day celebration, we welcomed moderator Carrie Johnson, Justice Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), who led an informative and lively panel discussion on equality. The program, “The Movement in America for Civil and Human Rights,” was developed to correspond with the American Bar Association’s national theme, “Realizing the Dream, […]

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – Pic of the Week

Following Wednesday’s Law Day program, we were fortunate to have the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln, on display at the close of the program. The draft proclamation, which was first read by President Lincoln to his cabinet on July 22, 1862, is rarely displayed.  The remarkable document features President Lincoln’s […]

Signatures, Subscription Lists and Printing for the First U.S. Congress – Pic of the Week

Today’s pic of the week highlights an item from our collection that finds itself in the spotlight very often, whether as part of a display in one of the Library of Congress’s many fascinating public exhibitions, or as a quasi-sacred book in the swearing-in ceremony of public officials. It is also one of my favorite […]

Presidents, the Other National Pastime

The following is a guest post is by Betty Lupinacci, Lead Technician for Legal Processing Workflow Resolution in our Collection Services Division.  It is part travelogue which includes a visit to an inaugural site for a US President outside Washington, DC. What does a trip to Cooperstown, NY have to do with this week’s Inaugural theme?  Well, […]