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King v. Burwell, a Law Librarian is Sighted? – Pic of the Week

Photograph by Andrew Weber

Photograph by Andrew Weber

As we have mentioned in previous posts, the Law Library of Congress is a Supreme Court depository library.  This means that we collect the records and briefs filed in cases before the court.  We also receive copies of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions hot off the presses.  Yesterday we received a bench opinion for King et al. v. Burwell which we eagerly seized and paged through.  For this first read through we were not concerned with the court’s decision as to whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made tax credits available to individuals enrolled in a Federal exchange.  No, we tore past the opening pages of the opinion to page 14 where our former colleague, John Cannan, was cited for his article on the legislative history of ACA, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131.

We believe that our nurturing of John while he was a legal research analyst here in Public Services helped to contribute to his success.  We provided careful instruction in legislative history.  We generously let him share the late nights and snow days while Congress debated this law.  And, some of the Law Library’s master bakers kept up his strength with plentiful baked goods to help him achieve this height of notoriety and fame.

Congratulations John – from all your former colleagues here at the Law Library!

Photograph by Andrew Weber

Photograph by Andrew Weber

Stamp Act of 1765 – Pic of the Week

Saturday marked the 250th anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Resolves on the Stamp Act, one of colonial America’s most important expressions of protest against the policies of the British government in London. The focus of the objections that the House of Burgesses raised in the Virginia Resolves was the Stamp Act of 1765, a piece […]

Mother’s Day – Pic of the Week

“Heroic women of America: Mary Washington,” Mary Washington welcoming her son, George Washington from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) As this Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day, I figured this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to the “first mother” of the United States–Mary Ball Washington.  But before we go […]

International Law Books – Pics of the Week

This week the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law is taking place in Washington, D.C.  Peter wrote about attending the conference a couple of years ago.  Several of our staff members are attending various seminars, where they will learn about the latest developments in international law from scholars and practitioners from all […]