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Unusual Laws: The Tudor Vermin Acts

Continuing with our unusual laws series, we turn to Tudor Vermin Acts. These acts allowed officials to hinder the growth of vermin by placing a bounty on nuisance animals, creating an incentive for private citizens to take it upon themselves to eradicate what were believed to be agricultural pests. Since the United States inherited its common […]

Justifying Speed

This is a guest post by David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress. Recently, I had the chance to drive fast—Autobahn fast—and it was legal.  Most drivers (typically male) dream of driving with no limit to speed; however, unless one is on a race track or private road (as I was), that generally is not possible […]

What is your Favorite Case? Part 1

It seems that nearly every person who works with the law will, at some point in their career, come across a memorable case that stays with them.  The circumstances could be inspiring, outrageous, or in my case, humorous.  I have already written about my favorite case, Nickerson v. Hodges, 146 La. 735, 84 So. 37 (La. […]

John Witte Presentation: Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies

At the start of this month I (along with several of my Global Legal Research Center colleagues) attended a very engaging and thought-provoking presentation by Professor John Witte, Jr. titled “Sharia in the West? What Place for Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies?”  Professor Witte recently completed his term as the Cary and Ann Maguire […]

The November Update to Congress.gov

We are continuing to push forward on Congress.gov! We are working hard to refine the beta.  Can you believe the launch was already two months ago? As with the first iterative update to Congress.gov, Jeanine has updated the About Congress.gov page: November 2012 Highlights of minor updates include: Member profiles search order tuning; Clarification of “Party history” for Members […]

Executive Orders: A Beginner’s Guide

Although they are not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, Executive Orders have been considered one of the President’s powers since George Washington’s administration.  Executive Orders are exactly what they sound like—orders produced by the President, as head of the executive branch, that are “generally directed to, and govern actions by, Government officials and agencies.”[1]  […]