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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 […]

Global Legal Monitor: April Highlights

Our ten most popular Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles for April covered various jurisdictions and a wide range of legal issues: citizenship and immigration; the Internet and access to information;  labor and employment; elections; and criminal justice. Here is the list of GLM articles most viewed in April in the order of their popularity: South Korea: Permanent […]

April Retrospective

There is still a lot of interest in the Titanic one hundred years later as Kelly’s post topped In Custodia Legis by a wide margin this month.  It was great to see many of the Library of Congress blogs post on a similar topic.  It demonstrated the breadth of knowledge throughout our wonderful institution.  In […]

A New Volume of U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs at the Law Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Debbie Keysor, Senior Legal Reference Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. In February, Andrew Weber pointed out in “The Supreme Court and the Library — Pic of the Week” that the Law Library Reading Room is a U.S. Supreme Court Depository Library.  There are currently 10 Supreme Court Depository Libraries scattered throughout […]

Happy Birthday William: Shakespeare, Henry V and Salic Law

When Andrew asked me if I would write a post for Shakespeare’s birthday, I enthusiastically agreed.  I had just been rewatching Kenneth Branagh’s film, Henry V and as a dedicated Anglophile thought, this will be easy!  I subsequently realized that as a writer for the Law Library’s blog I would need to write about Shakespeare and the law – […]