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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 […]

Meet Karin Linhart: A Law Library of Congress Patron

The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Moore, a librarian at the Law Library of Congress.  Karin is our second patron to be interviewed. Alexander Hoffman was the first. Describe your background. Karin Linhart was recently here for five weeks in the Law Library of Congress doing research for her post-doctoral thesis.  Karin is a native of Lauda, […]

The First Feminist Congress of Mexico

The following blog post was a joint effort by Christina Turiano, Jeffrey Helm, and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.  March was Women’s History Month; but as Luis de Góngora y Argote would put it, “Fortune yields goods that are not yet writ: when whistles flutes, when flutes whistles.” The serendipitous act of such a rare find as this can […]

Official, Authenticated, Preserved, and Accessible: The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

The following guest post is by Butch Lazorchak, a digital archivist at the Library of Congress.  It is cross posted on The Signal. Digital technology makes documents easy to alter or copy, leading to multiple non-identical versions that can be used in unauthorized or illegitimate ways. Unfortunately, the ease of alteration has introduced doubt in users’ minds […]

Taking the Reference Desk on the Road

The following is a guest post by Matthew Braun, Senior Legal Research Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. Over the past two years I have had the pleasure of presenting an educational program on how to conduct free legal research online at American Bar Association (ABA) annual, midyear, and section meetings. This program, which […]

Prisoner Letters to the Law Library of Congress

This is a guest post by William Mahannah, an Assistant Reference Librarian in the Public Services Division. The Law Library of Congress, holding the world’s largest legal collection, receives a large volume of inquiries from patrons throughout the world. One might be surprised to learn that a continuous volume of request letters come from prisoners confined […]