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Magna Carta’s Legal Legacy: Law Librarian of Congress Speaks with Two Chief Justices

The Library of Congress is commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, a symposium, and a series of talks starting this year.  From November 6 through January 19, 2015, the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of four remaining originals from 1215 will be on display along with other […]

Brazil – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Eduardo Soares, senior foreign law specialist for Brazil and Portuguese speaking jurisdictions.  He has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis titled “Capoeira: From Crime to Culture” and “Law Library Report on Citizenship Pathways and Border Protection in Various Countries.” Brazil was officially discovered by Portugal on April […]

From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations

In connection with The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Exhibition, on October 22nd, Robert provided a gallery talk, titled “From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations,” regarding Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (CRA). Robert traced the history […]

Budget Resolutions and Authorizing Legislation

I have previously written about the budget process and appropriations.  Now, I am turning to authorization legislation. In theory, process for funding the government is an orderly one in which each year the President proposes a budget; the U.S. Congress passes appropriations legislation; the enrolled bills are sent to the President for signing; and voila, government agencies […]

Found Objects: Things We Uncovered During the Move

David S. Mao, Law Librarian of Congress; Jim Martin; Margaret Wood; Aga Pukniel; and Agata Tajchert contributed to this post. Have you ever moved out of a house and found yourself lingering over objects that you had once thought lost?  Or have you ever discovered a piece of the home’s history that a previous owner left behind? […]