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Four Corners of Law, Charleston, SC – Pic of the Week

I cannot seem to travel without encountering something law-related. During my recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina, our tour guide took us to the “Four Corners of Law” at the intersection of Broad Street and Meeting Street. The term refers to the four buildings that are located at that intersection which represent municipal, county, federal, and ecclesiastical […]

What’s in a[n Israeli] name?

Several In Custodia Legis team members have previously written about regulation of naming in a variety of countries, including Germany; Iceland ; New Zealand; Sweden; and Taiwan. I thought it would be interesting to see how Israel, my primary research jurisdiction, regulates names. The Most Popular Israeli Names (Good to Know Ruth is not Completely Outdated) Checking […]

We are Excited to Announce the Release of the Law Library of Congress Chatbot

We are excited to announce the release of a new chatbot that can connect you to primary sources of law, Law Library research guides and our foreign law reports. The chatbot has a clickable interface that will walk you through a basic reference interview. Just click “get started,” respond “yes” or “no” to its questions, and then click […]

Parliamentary Protests Filed in the House of Lords from 1641 TO 1799: Acquisition of a Rare Resource Related to American Independence

Through the generosity of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Law Library recently acquired two manuscript volumes of an extraordinarily rare collection of parliamentary protests lodged by Members of the House of Lords during the period from 1641-1799. The Law Library maintains a collection of historic English and early American manuscripts. […]

Justice Thurgood Marshall: 50th Anniversary of His Swearing-in to the Supreme Court

Today is the 50th anniversary of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s swearing-in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on October 2, 1967. He was the Court’s 96th justice and the first African American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. Justice Marshall had a monumentally successful career arguing before the Supreme […]

Federal Courts Web Archive Launched

The following is a guest blog post by Andrew Winston, Senior Legal Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, and Brian Kaviar, an intern at the Law Library of Congress.  The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage […]

An Interview with Michael Goodson, Collection Services Intern

Today’s interview is with Michael (“Mookie”) Goodson, an intern in the Collection Services Division.  Mookie has the enviable task of conducting preliminary research, identifying U.S. and foreign legal collection items, related to baseball and the law for next year’s Library-wide exhibit: Baseball Americana. Describe your background. I am one of five children (the son of […]

A Little Glimpse at Treaty Research at the Law Library of Congress – International Day of Peace

Yesterday was International Day of Peace and since, historically speaking, peace often meant treaties between various countries, it seemed a good occasion to talk about doing treaty research.  When I began working at the Law Library of Congress over 11 1/2 years ago, I was excited by the variety of questions from patrons.  But there […]