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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 […]

New Law Library Reports Cover Access to Encrypted Communications and Intelligence Gathering

More and more internet traffic is encrypted. Encryption is a method of protecting electronic information by converting it into an unintelligible form (encoding) so that it can only be decoded with a key. Google stated in its latest transparency report that 85% of requests from around the world to Google’s servers used encrypted connections in […]

An Interview with Molly O’Casey, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Molly O’Casey, a foreign law intern working with Nicolas Boring on research related to the laws of France and other French-speaking jurisdictions and with Clare Feikert-Ahalt on research related to the United Kingdom and a number of Commonwealth jurisdictions. Molly has recently graduated from a dual law degree (civil law/common law) […]

On the Shelf: Hispanic Heritage Month and Recent Latin American Law Material Acquisitions

Earlier this year we reflected on Hispanic Heritage Month with a post by my colleague Francisco Macias. He and I have explored the origins of the month in previous years’ posts. You can read this year’s Presidential Proclamation online too. Once you know all about it, how will you commemorate this month? It begins each […]

My Beloved Eliza: The Final Letters from Alexander Hamilton to his Wife

On the morning of July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton met in Weehawken, New Jersey for a duel that would prove fatal for Alexander Hamilton. Burr was outraged over derogatory comments made by Hamilton regarding Burr’s character at a dinner hosted by Judge John Tayler in March of 1804. These comments were recorded […]

Hispanic Heritage Month 2016—Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America

Each year, from September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with the aim of celebrating the contributions of our fellow Americans of Hispanic ancestry. This year’s theme is Hispanic Americans:  Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America. The observation of this month—in which we bring forth the histories and cultures of people whose […]

Visit the Law Library of Congress Booth at the 16th National Book Festival!

The Library of Congress will host the 16th Annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 at the Washington Convention Center. In addition, to notable author presentations and an array of literacy activities for all ages, Law Library of Congress staff will be available to meet with festival attendees in the Library of Congress Pavilion from […]

United States Treaties Added to the Law Library Website

We have added the United States Treaty Series, compiled by Charles I. Bevans, to our online digital collection.  This collection includes treaties that the United States signed with other countries from 1776 to 1949. The collection consists of 13 volumes: four volumes of multilateral treaties, eight volumes of bilateral treaties and one volume of an index. Multilateral […]