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May Retrospective: Almost States, MLK, and Cinco de Mayo

States and Cinco de Mayo were popular choices this month when linking to In Custodia Legis and also popular with our readers.  Samford University Library’s Government Documents blog liked Nathan’s post about the states we almost had.  The Lincoln Law School of San Jose Blog noted Meg’s States in the Senate post. The Law Librarian Blog thought Nathan’s […]

Global Legal Monitor: May Highlights

The top ten Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles for May covered a wide array of interesting legal issues: War Crimes; Treatment of Animals; Immigration and Citizenship; Criminal Law and Procedure; Communications and electronic information; Labor; and Elections. Below are the articles in the order of their popularity: Liberia: Human Rights South Korea: Permanent Dual Nationality […]

Glimpse of Law Series – Installment 1: The East Corridor Mosaic Vaults

The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.  Donna will be your virtual docent for a series of posts related to themes of law in the art and architecture of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building.  In this first installment, Donna provides information about some artwork […]

The Mysterious Disappearance of the First Library of Congress

Institutional memory is a funny thing. It expands and contracts through generations of staff changes. Some things are passed on to the next cohort; some things are forgotten; and from time to time forgotten things resurface. Most people at the Library of Congress know, for instance, that the original library of the United States Congress […]

An Interview with Dan Paterson, Preservation Specialist/Rare Book Conservator at the Library of Congress

We often have the pleasure of working collaboratively with members of other service units throughout the Library of Congress.  Today’s interview is with Dan Paterson, Preservation Specialist/Rare Book Conservator in the Preservation Directorate’s Conservation Division at the Library of Congress.  We are happy to give the public a brief glimpse into his life and his path toward […]

Law Day Program with Richard Dreyfuss

The Law Library of Congress was fortunate to host citizen activist Richard Dreyfuss as our speaker for this year’s Law Day program.  Mr. Dreyfuss founded The Dreyfuss Initiative in 2010 with the aim of helping to ensure that today’s children learn how our government works and as adults are prepared to participate in that government. Mr. […]

The Chicago Legal News, Myra Bradwell and Susan B. Anthony – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by James Martin, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. The Chicago Legal News has the distinction of being the first legal publication in the United States that was edited by a woman, Myra Bradwell.  In 1868, Myra submitted a prospectus for a legal newspaper for […]

The State of What?? U.S. States that Never Made the Cut

New Jersey was once “the Two Jerseys” (East and West). Kentucky started out as Virginia’s backyard.  Connecticut once harbored imperial dreams—claiming a Western Reserve that stretched all the way to the banks of the Mississippi. The shapes of our States have a complex and unexpected history.  It’s easy to forget that history owes a debt to […]