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The Law Library Blog, In Custodia Legis, Named to ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 for Third Time

We are excited that once again In Custodia Legis has been recognized as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience out of more than 4,000 in the ABA Journal’s Blawg Directory.  We were first included in the ABA Journal’s 8th Annual Blawg 100 in 2014.  Then we were fortunate to be listed again in the 9th Annual Blawg 100 in 2015 and this year makes for the third year in a row!

Back in August 2010, we started In Custodia Legis with a goal of opening up the Law Library of Congress. We wanted to share the wide range of projects, services, events, and talented staff.  Our original blog team of five has grown over the years as we work to provide insight into all areas of the Law Library of Congress.

I am fortunate to be a part of a great team of bloggers, which includes:

In Custodia Legis is edited by Kimberly Allen.  In addition, we have a wide variety of people who contribute with more than 300 guest posts and 200 interviews.

I enjoyed reading the comment by Theodore Defosse (a fellow legislative branch employee) about In Custodia Legis on the Blawg 100.  He said it “[t]ends to motivate you to learn more about a specific subject—and to use one’s reader card more often at Library of Congress.”

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Edith Sampson – Pic of the Week

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Music and the Law, Part 1

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Locating Real Estate Forms: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist. We frequently receive requests for assistance with real estate law, particularly in finding real estate forms.  The legal requirements for such forms and agreements can be extensive, and as such, researchers can turn to treatises, legal encyclopedias, and legal form books […]

Remembering Vine Deloria, Jr.

Vine Deloria, Jr., (b. March 14, 1933-d. November 13, 2005) was a Standing Rock Sioux lawyer, teacher, activist and writer. After completing his schooling, he worked as the executive director for the National Conference of American Indians (NCAI) from 1964-1967, where he advocated for the rights of Native Americans. Shortly after his tenure there, he […]

Modern Tribal Law on the Shelf

Modern Tribal Law On the Shelf During National Native American Heritage Month, Law Library staff trawl the Library’s vast holdings for pertinent material to showcase for its online and onsite visitors. Researchers interested in the month’s origins can also visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) page for more information about the history of the […]

Ethical Considerations Related to the Representation of Someone Accused of Witchcraft

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Yudin Collection bookplate

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Drafting a Will: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist Contemplating end-of-life issues is not anyone’s favorite topic, but it is important to do so in order to ensure your final wishes are carried out. As such, it is not surprising that our patrons show an interest in these matters, which […]