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Laws of Namibia – Global Legal Collection Highlights

This post is part of our Global Legal Collection Highlights series in which we provide information on some of the foreign law materials available to researchers at the Library of Congress. March 21, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of Namibia’s independence.  Namibia, which gained its independence on March 21, 1990, is Africa’s third-youngest nation next […]

Reading Room Redo: Compact Shelving Edition

First, the books left.  Next, the shelves left.  Then, everything else left.  We also found a few items along the way.  Now, things are coming! Compact shelving has made its way into our Reading Room for the first time.  I was excited to see this when I received the new photos from the Architect of the […]

Friday the 13th: Movies and the Law

We are at it yet again – another post on movies and the law.  This time, in honor of a year with two Friday the 13ths, I looked for movies that inspire horror, fear and terror.  But when I began to pull this list together, I realized that real terror can be found in stories […]

Consumer Protection: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Consumer protection touches on a number of areas of law, and as such, has been broadly defined by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary as “[f]ederal and state laws established to protect retail purchasers of goods and services from inferior, adulterated, hazardous, and […]

School Desegregation for All Children – The Legacy of Méndez v. Westminster

Gonzalo Méndez, William Guzmán, Frank Palomino, Thomas Estrada, and Lorenzo Ramírez, as citizens of the United States, and on behalf of their minor children, and as they allege in the petition, on behalf of ‘some 5000′ persons similarly affected, all of Mexican or Latin descent, have filed a class suit pursuant to Rule 23 of […]

Senator Hiram Revels

In celebration of African American History Month, our picture of the week is of Hiram Revels, the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Revels was born a free man in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1827.  He was first apprenticed as a barber, learning the trade from an older brother, and later […]