I was very excited to see yesterday’s announcement of the Fastcase 50. My next door neighbor at work and fellow In Custodia Legis blogger, Tina Gheen, made the list! The Fastcase 50 honors “the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”
Tina did an excellent job this year organizing the two legislative data challenges, Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso and Legislative XML Data Mapping, that the Library of Congress hosted. Tina also serves on the OASIS LegalDocumentML Technical Committee that is working to make Akoma Ntoso a legal document standard. She blogged about the new open source web based editor, LIME, that converts non-structured legal documents into Akoma Ntoso XML.
Image from the Fastcase 50 Announcement
The list also included Orin Kerr who was the Law Library Scholar-in-Residence for the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation Program on Demography, Technology, and Criminal Justice.
Congratulations Tina and to the other 49 who have made this distinguished list!
This is a guest post by Anne Guha who was an intern with the Law Library’s Public Services Division this spring and is now working in Public Services for the summer. As I’m collecting degrees (and acronyms) throughout my 20s and 30s, moving from my joint-degree J.D./M.A. (Juris Doctor / Masters of Arts) at the […]
Throughout the year, the Library of Congress provides information about a number of commemorative observances. May is always a busy month with the Asian/Pacific American Heritage and Jewish American Heritage observances while in the Law Library we also observe Law Day. In June we observe a more recently added commemorative observance for Lesbian Bisexual Gay […]
I am always impressed by breadth of issues and number of jurisdictions covered every day in the Global Legal Monitor (GLM). Just in the stretch of the last four months, including February through May 2014, 157 articles were published, covering recent developments in various countries and areas of law. Here is the list of the […]
As an adult, I still enjoy reading children’s books. Indeed, now that I am an adult, I probably read more children’s books than I did as a kid–when I was trying to persuade the authorities to let me read adult biographies of the Tudor monarchs. One of the reasons I enjoy reading children’s books so much is […]
Living in Washington, D.C., it can be easy to take for granted the monuments that people come across the nation and around the globe to visit. Recently, the reopening of the Washington Monument has been big news here in D.C. It had been closed for repairs since the earthquake in August 2011 (there was another small […]
April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. As a way of combining a salute to Shakespeare and continuing our fascination with all things Magna Carta, I thought I would take a look at Shakespeare’s play, “King John.” The play is believed to have been written in the 1590s, but it was not […]
Two demonstrations took place last month, one in Jerusalem, and the other in New York’s financial district. Both were organized and attended by haredi (ultra-orthodox Jews; literally means “those who fear [God]”) who protested against the adoption of new legislation by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament). The legislation imposed conscription requirements on haredi yeshiva students in Israel. […]
The following post is cross posted on the From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature blog. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014! This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government and at the same time marked a defeat of the king by his barons. But long before 1215, […]
The following is a guest post by Jennifer Davis, a supervisory collection specialist in our Collection Services Division. March is the annual occasion to laud women’s landmark milestones and accomplishments for Women’s History Month. A new pilot project began in March that is a signal triumph for women, particularly native women. It is also a […]