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Supreme Court of China, 99 Years Ago

While looking through the Law Library of Congress’s collection of a set of valuable Chinese judicial gazettes from the Minguo (or Republican) Period (1912-1949), I came across a picture of the Supreme Court (da li yuan) of China that was taken in 1913, ninety-nine years ago. So what functions did these nine men in the […]

Law Librarian Addresses the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Award Ceremony

On September 20, 2012, Kenneth Randall, dean of the University of Alabama School of Law, presented author Michael Connelly with the second annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his work, The Fifth Witness. The Fifth Witness is a legal thriller that features Connelly’s recurring character, lawyer Mickey Haller.  Haller represents a woman accused of killing a banker […]

Global Legal Monitor: August Highlights

Our top most viewed Global Legal Monitor articles in August covered seven different legal areas: Communications and Electronic Information; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Foreign Investment; Immigration; Labor; and Nationality and Citizenship.  Here is a list of these articles in the order of their popularity: Japan: Stricter Sentences for Sex Offenders   South Korea: Permanent […]

Law Library of Congress at the National Book Festival

This has been a busy week for the Law Library of Congress.  We have unveiled Congress.gov (our new legislative website), celebrated Constitution Day, and to round the week out, we are preparing for the National Book Festival.  This will be the Law Library’s second year at the National Book Festival.  Our staff will be manning […]

Furious Tweeting – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.  Her most recent posts included a 6-installment series regarding the legal themes in the art and architecture of the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building. Three of our law librarians were furiously live-tweeting at Wednesday’s Congress.gov launch.  Thirty fingers […]

Introducing Congress.gov!

Today’s post is one that I have been very excited to write for some time now.  My favorite posts involve talking about tweaking, tweeting, revamping, or updating THOMAS.gov.  Today marks the launch of the biggest project that I have been a part of in my professional career.  Today is the launch of Congress.gov, a new […]

An Interview with Penelope Fay Heavner, Special Assistant to the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach and Services

This week’s interview is with Penelope Fay Heavner, Special Assistant to the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach and Services. Penelope, known here as Penny, is a lovely, cheerful lady with British accent and knowledge and experience in many areas including reference librarianship and outreach activities. Describe your background I have lived in Washington, D.C. for so many […]