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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
Our Mother’s Day post generated an inquiry from one of our readers: “Is the history of Father’s Day similar?” The answer is, at once, yes and no. As with Mother’s Day, there may have been informal or even local celebrations that took place prior to it becoming a nationally observed holiday. However, the reality with Father’s Day is […]
With each update the new Law Library of Congress Reading Room comes more into focus. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has continued to do great work in the space. If you are following along at home, first the space was emptied and then it was gutted. The previous batch of photos provided the first glimpse of […]
Typical depictions of librarians (on the nicer end of the spectrum) include people who are fastidious and exacting and who keep cats. In the Law Library, we may have to add “those who are magical” to the list. (Hmm, maybe that explains the whole cat thing.) Last October I wrote about stage 1 of our […]
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 […]
This is a guest post by Nicolas Boring, French foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress. Nicolas has previously blogged FALQs: Freedom of Speech in France and co-collaborated on the post, Does the Haitian Criminal Code Outlaw Making Zombies. I took a few days of vacation to visit relatives in France back in […]
“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 […]
One of my favorite weekend pastimes is urban hiking. Washington, D.C., especially at this time of year, is perfect for that. I particularly enjoy walking up and down Georgia Avenue, which extends from parts of D.C. (it changes to 7th Street south of U Street NW) all the way into Montgomery County, Maryland. One of […]
The following is a guest post by Kimberly Allen, our planning officer for the Law Library of Congress and editor for In Custodia Legis. Spring may well be my favorite time of year, and I believe there is nowhere more gorgeous than D.C. in the springtime. It comes upon us quickly after the cold weather […]
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 […]