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State of the Union Addresses

The annual State of the Union address by the President of the United States to a joint session of the U.S. Congress has become a modern ritual that generates considerable discussion among newspaper and broadcast commentators, bloggers, and the Twitterverse.  This commentary covers a broad array of topics, including political analysis, comments on special guests, […]

From the Law Librarian of Congress

The following is a guest post by Roberta I. Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress. Roberta has posted to the blog on multiple occasions including: Happy Old Year, The Law Library of Congress Strategic Plan Released, and My Trip to the Future. Another year has passed and I am pleased once again to send you great cheer and […]

A Series of Tubes – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Margaret Wood, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division.  Margaret has previously posted on the debt ceiling, Law Day, our Reading Room, and the changeover between Congresses. This week we decided to treat you to photographs of the Law Library Reading Room’s pneumatic tubes and the pneumatic tube system.  […]

Marsh’s Library, Ireland’s First Public Library – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Robert Newlen, Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach, and Services. As a librarian, I always seek out interesting or unusual libraries when I travel.  During a recent trip to Dublin, I visited Archbishop Marsh’s Library, Ireland‘s first public library, which was built in 1701.  An indication of the […]

Interning at the Law Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Legislative Fellows Program Interns Inna Grebeniuk and  Irina Khakhutaishvili.  Inna is a Senior Legal Adviser at the Main Legal and Experts Department, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Irina is the Chief Specialist for International Relations at the Secretariat of the President, Constitutional Court of Georgia.  I hope you […]

DSK: A Tale of Two Criminal Procedures

The following is a guest post by Nicole Atwill, Senior Foreign Law Specialist in the Global Legal Research Center. I recently watched Dominique Strauss Kahn’s return to France on the French news as I vacationed there.  There was nonstop live television coverage during the day.  Many commentators pointed out that although Dominique Strauss Kahn (“DSK”) […]

Scholar Joseph Raz Delivers Second Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence

On October 5, 2011,  the Law Library of Congress (LLC) had the honor of hosting a lecture by Professor Joseph Raz, one of the leading scholars on legal and political philosophy. Professor Raz delivered the second Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence.  The first inaugural Kellogg lecture in 2009 featured Professor […]

International Plain Language Day

The following is a guest post by Cynthia Jordan, Senior Writer-Editor at the Law Library of Congress. October 13, 2011, is being celebrated around the world as the First Annual International Plain Language Day.  This new celebration is planned to coincide with the first anniversary of The Plain Writing Act, Public Law 111-274, enacted October 13, […]