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Frontier Racing and Injured Pride: The Duel Between Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson

One of things I enjoy about working at the Library of Congress is visiting our Manuscripts Division to read first-hand accounts of historic events. After reading a biography of Andrew Jackson, I looked through the finding aid for his papers and came upon a letter from a Tennessee lawyer named Charles Dickinson. The estimated number […]

Lemon Laws: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. In response to our last post on consumer protection law, we determined there was additional interest in “lemon laws.”  Lemon laws are defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as statutes “designed to protect a consumer who buys a substandard automobile, usu[ally] by […]

Opening Day and the Law

I read with interest Kelly’s post last week regarding cricket and the law, especially the section on the Indian case where the plaintiffs stated that watching the sport was a matter of “right to life and personal liberty.” Today being the Washington Nationals‘ Opening Day, it got me thinking about our National Pastime and how […]

April Fools’ Day Quiz Answers

As promised, here are the answers and the citations for yesterday’s post, April Fools’ Day Quiz – Star Trek Court Cases.  Although some of the cases have been cited by elsewhere, I also tried to find others that are less familiar.  And I discovered that composing made-up opinions was quite difficult!  The best method seemed […]

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 […]