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“Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter” Symposium Set for December 9, 2014

Scholars, historians and contemporary thinkers will discuss how Magna Carta’s political and legal traditions have carried into our current times at a symposium on Dec. 9, 2014. The symposium, Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter, is being held in conjunction with the Library’s exhibition,”Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” The afternoon program, “Contemporary […]

Magna Carta Entrusting Ceremony Recreated – Pic of the Week

The Library of Congress is commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, a symposium, and a series of talks starting this year.  Through January 19, 2015, the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of four remaining originals from 1215 is on display along with other rare materials from the Library’s rich […]

Black Friday

Black Friday!  A day of shopping and a day off for me. It didn’t used to be such.  When I worked in a D.C. law firm, we all worked Black Friday (as well as most Saturdays, Monday holidays, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and, during tax season, quite a few Sundays). As my friends were […]

How to Trace Federal Regulations – A Research Guide

This post is co-written by Anne Guha, who was an intern with the Law Library’s Public Services Division this spring and is now working in Public Services, and Barbara Bavis, legal reference specialist. Our patrons at the Law Library of Congress frequently ask us for assistance in investigating the origins and statutory authority of federal […]

U.S. Treaties: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, legal reference specialists. Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that the President “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur… ” An early attempt by the […]

Magna Carta’s Legal Legacy: Law Librarian of Congress Speaks with Two Chief Justices

The Library of Congress is commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, a symposium, and a series of talks starting this year.  From November 6 through January 19, 2015, the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of four remaining originals from 1215 will be on display along with other […]

Brazil – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Eduardo Soares, senior foreign law specialist for Brazil and Portuguese speaking jurisdictions.  He has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis titled “Capoeira: From Crime to Culture” and “Law Library Report on Citizenship Pathways and Border Protection in Various Countries.” Brazil was officially discovered by Portugal on April […]

From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations

In connection with The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Exhibition, on October 22nd, Robert provided a gallery talk, titled “From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations,” regarding Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (CRA). Robert traced the history […]