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No Taxation Without Representation Circa 1215 AD, or, Magna Carta: A Beginner’s Guide

Magna Carta, the Charter of Liberties sealed by King John of England in 1215 AD, is routinely cited as one of the most important documents of our constitutional tradition.  It ranks with the English Bill of Rights (1689), The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution in symbolic power.  And while the details of […]

The Law Library at the ABA Annual Meeting 2013 – Pic of the Week

  Matthew Braun and Barbara Bavis represented the Law Library of Congress at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco earlier this month.  Matthew and Barbara presented “How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online” – a wildly successful course that counted for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. The conference’s expo featured a booth where the […]

July Top 10

July was a busy month! A few of us presented at the American Association of Law Libraries Conference, which resulted in several popular blog posts, including connecting with us there, the Seattle University School of Law pic, and our lessons learned.  Kelly also blogged about her visit to the Seattle Central Library. Congress.gov also had its next major update […]

Happy Third Birthday to In Custodia Legis

It was three years ago that I added blogger to my professional credentials when I posted, What exactly is In Custodia Legis?  In the last three years we have expanded from a team of five bloggers (Kelly, Kurt, Clare, Christine, and me) to a team of fourteen (Barbara, Robert, Kelly, Jeanine, Kurt, Nathan, Clare, Tina, […]

Law Library Summer Interns – 2013 Edition

  The Law Library was fortunate this summer to have a large group of interns working with the Global Legal Research team, Collection Services Division, and Public Services Division.  The individuals hailed from around the globe, including France, Ireland, South Africa, Afghanistan, and the United States and helped with projects that directly impacted the Library’s research, collections, […]

A Referendum on a Declaration of War?

We receive many interesting questions through the Law Library’s Ask A Librarian service, and if a patron gives us permission, we are occasionally able to share some of the highlights with you. A patron recently reported that a popular internet site claimed a Joint Resolution had been introduced in the 64th Congress that would have […]