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Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Pic of the Week

During a recent vacation in Scotland I took several treks along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one such walk, in the darkness of the late afternoon, I snapped a picture of Advocate’s Close and the plaque that provides brief information about it. All along the Royal Mile there are narrow alleyways called “closes,” […]

Presidential Inaugurations Outside of Washington, D.C. – Law and Tradition

The following is a guest post by Janice Hyde, assistant law librarian for the Law Library’s Global Legal Collections Directorate.  Janice has previously contributed to this blog with posts such as: Crossing State Lines to Settle Squabbles – Pic of the Week, Archived Legal Materials from Official Gazettes Now Available Through Law.gov and A View […]

A Congress.gov Interview with Fred Simonton, Information Technology Specialist

This week’s interview is with Fred Simonton, an information technology specialist in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Describe your background. Born in Vermont, I grew up in Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, surrounded by and participating in the arts with a decided preference for music and drawing. In my college years […]

Locating a State Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist One of our most frequent requests from patrons is for assistance with their constitutional research, particularly with regard to state constitutions.  While the best resource for information is likely the state library and/or state archives of the state that created the constitution […]

Düsseldorf, Germany Courthouse— Pic of the Week

On my recent visit to Düsseldorf, Germany, I could not stop my nerdy lawyer self from visiting the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf). The Administrative Court in Düsseldorf is the court of first instance in administrative matters and handles all kinds of non-constitutional public law matters. Examples include disputes over building permits, access to public institutions and […]