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A New Volume of U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs at the Law Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Debbie Keysor, Senior Legal Reference Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. In February, Andrew Weber pointed out in ”The Supreme Court and the Library — Pic of the Week“ that the Law Library Reading Room is a U.S. Supreme Court Depository Library.  There are currently 10 Supreme Court Depository Libraries scattered throughout […]

Happy Birthday William: Shakespeare, Henry V and Salic Law

When Andrew asked me if I would write a post for Shakespeare’s birthday, I enthusiastically agreed.  I had just been rewatching Kenneth Branagh’s film, Henry V and as a dedicated Anglophile thought, this will be easy!  I subsequently realized that as a writer for the Law Library’s blog I would need to write about Shakespeare and the law – […]

OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently formed a new technical committee, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee, to begin moving forward specifications for a common legal document standard for parliamentary, legislative and judicial documents. The specification will be based upon the Akoma Ntoso-UN project’s XML schema, which Andrew Weber mentioned […]

American Bar Association in the Library – Pic of the Week

Earlier this week, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress paid a visit to Capitol Hill.  The Committee is composed of legal professionals from across the United States and “serves as the voice of the legal profession concerning the Law Library of Congress (LLC)“.  The Standing Committee is the second-oldest […]

The Loch Ness Monster, Zombies and the Law

In a post last year, I looked at some of the United Kingdom’s weird laws.  I started to research a “part two” to that post, but ended up finding so much interesting (and yes, shockingly legal) information relating to the Loch Ness monster (commonly and affectionately referred to as “Nessie”) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to her […]

Citizen Activist Richard Dreyfuss to Speak at the 2012 Law Day Program

In recognition of Law Day 2012, the Law Library of Congress will host Richard Dreyfuss for a discussion focused on The Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit corporation that aims to revitalize civics education in public schools.  The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor […]