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In Custodia Legis Named One of the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100

On Monday, I learned the Law Library’s blog, In Custodia Legis, has earned a spot in the 2014 ABA Journal’s Blawg 100, the annual list of “the best in blogs about lawyers and the law.” We have reviewed the ABA nominations list in the past for possible blawgs to include in our archive.  Being nominated, especially as a government blog, is very meaningful to us.  Our goal since the launch of In Custodia Legis four years ago has been to provide a window into our unique part of the government, working for Congress and the public at the Law Library of Congress.  BasicIllustratorFileLetter--CS

In Custodia Legis is authored by a terrific team composed of Barbara BavisRobert BrammerKelly BuchananJeanine CaliKurt CarrollJennifer DavisNathan DornClare Feikert-AhaltTina GheenHanibal GoitomRuth LevushBetty LupinacciFrancisco MacíasDonna SokolAndrew WeberMargaret Wood, and Laney Zhang.  Kimberly Allen also does a wonderful job editing our posts.  In addition, we have had a number of other people contribute over 230 guest posts.

“No longer to be confused as a fad or the realm of the tech-savvy, law blogs are rooted in the legal media landscape,” Allen Pusey, ABA Journal Editor and Publisher, said. “While traditional media sources often break news, law blogs dive deeper to offer insight into what the news means for clients, the legal profession and the public. They are sometimes-irreverent watchdogs of the bench and bar. And the ones on our list are well-written and, more often than not, entertaining.”

I was also pleased to see The Third Branch News included with us, too.  Our two blogs are the only .gov blogs listed in the 2014 Blawg 100.  I didn’t see any .gov blogs on the more recent 2013 Blawg 1002012 Blawg 100, or 2011 Blawg 100 lists.

The blogs are organized into 13 categories, and In Custodia Legis can be found under the Legal Research/Legal Writing category.  Now go vote!

And if you haven’t already, you can subscribe to In Custodia Legis by RSS and email.

Sentencing of Parents who Kill Children in Japan

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress.  Sayuri has previously written blog posts on “Cambodian Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights“; “English Translations of Post-Second World War South Korean Laws“; “Laws and Regulations Passed in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan […]

Ukraine: Two Understandings of Lustration

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress.  He has written a number of posts for In Custodia Legis, including on “Crimean History, Status, and Referendum,” “Regulating the Winter Olympics in Russia,” “Soviet Law and the Assassination of JFK,” and the “Treaty on the […]

Killing Kangaroos

Did you know that there are over 60 different species of kangaroo and their close relatives? How many kangaroos do you think live in Australia in total? 10,000? 1 million? 10 million? In fact, the population size of just the four most abundant kangaroo species has fluctuated between 15 million and 50 million over the […]

Recent Law Library of Congress Report on National Funding of Road Infrastructure

According to a June 2014 report by the United States Congressional Budget Office (CBO), most of the annual spending by the federal government on surface transportation programs is in the form of grants to state and local governments. These grants are primarily financed through the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). After decades of stable balances to […]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

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 […]