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OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently formed a new technical committee, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee, to begin moving forward specifications for a common legal document standard for parliamentary, legislative and judicial documents. The specification will be based upon the Akoma Ntoso-UN project’s XML schema, which Andrew Weber mentioned […]

Citizen Activist Richard Dreyfuss to Speak at the 2012 Law Day Program

In recognition of Law Day 2012, the Law Library of Congress will host Richard Dreyfuss for a discussion focused on The Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit corporation that aims to revitalize civics education in public schools.  The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor […]

First 100 Days as Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress.  He has previously guest posted Shreddy: From the Office of the Law Librarian – Pic of the Week,  From the Desk of the Law Librarian, The Law Librarian in London, and Rebellious Children and Witches. It’s hard to believe that 100 days have passed […]

Law Library of Congress Hosts Event, Releases Guide on Legal Translation

The following is a guest post by Constance A. Johnson, a Legal Research Analyst at the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center.  Connie is not new to In Custodia Legis; her recent contributions include Water Rights at Star Island and Human Rights Day Event: Save the Date!.  Enjoy! On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, I attended a two […]

March Retrospective

This month we welcomed both Tina and Jeanine to what we affectionately refer to as our blog team.  Tina wasted little time in claiming the top spot with her post A Law Classification Scheme as Linked Data?. Her post was also mentioned on the Legal Informatics Blog, Infodocket, and the Law Librarian Blog.  Jeanine’s first post as an official […]

Myra Bradwell

The following is a guest post by Jim Martin, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. The city of Chicago has produced many leaders in the American bar.  Among one of the most influential attorneys from Chicago was Myra Bradwell, a prominent social reformer from the later third of the 19th century.  […]

John Hessler on the Corpus Agrimensorum, Roman Land Law, and Mathematical Approaches to Archeology

On February 15, the Law Library of Congress in cooperation with the John W. Kluge Center hosted John Hessler, Senior Cartographic Librarian in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and a Kluge Staff Fellow, as a guest speaker for the Law Library’s Power Lunch series.  Mr. Hessler’s lecture, “Written in Stone: Roman Land […]