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An Interview with Gail Warren, Virginia State Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by Andrew Winston, a legal reference librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.  Andrew interviews the Virginia State Law Librarian, Gail Warren.  We have previously interviewed another state law librarian, Jennifer Frazier, from Kentucky. How long have you been the Virginia State Law Librarian, and […]

Francis Scott Key: the Lawyer-Poet

Both law and poetry require a fluid grasp of language and a critical need for precision and economy with words; possessing these skills can be the key to making one person successful in both endeavors. There are a few times in history when well-known poets started their professional lives in the law (John Donne, Archibald […]

Frontier Racing and Injured Pride: The Duel Between Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson

One of things I enjoy about working at the Library of Congress is visiting our Manuscripts Division to read first-hand accounts of historic events. After reading a biography of Andrew Jackson, I looked through the finding aid for his papers and came upon a letter from a Tennessee lawyer named Charles Dickinson. The estimated number […]

Lemon Laws: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. In response to our last post on consumer protection law, we determined there was additional interest in “lemon laws.”  Lemon laws are defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as statutes “designed to protect a consumer who buys a substandard automobile, usu[ally] by […]

Opening Day and the Law

I read with interest Kelly’s post last week regarding cricket and the law, especially the section on the Indian case where the plaintiffs stated that watching the sport was a matter of “right to life and personal liberty.” Today being the Washington Nationals‘ Opening Day, it got me thinking about our National Pastime and how […]

April Fools’ Day Quiz Answers

As promised, here are the answers and the citations for yesterday’s post, April Fools’ Day Quiz – Star Trek Court Cases.  Although some of the cases have been cited by elsewhere, I also tried to find others that are less familiar.  And I discovered that composing made-up opinions was quite difficult!  The best method seemed […]