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The Congress.gov Top 13 from the 113th Congress in 2013

The Congress.gov team had a very busy and successful 2013.  Earlier this year Tammie and I were interviewed about Congress.gov for GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER. To our pleasant surprise, we were recently named to GovLoop’s list of 20 Innovations that Mattered in 2013. During 2013 we added legislative data throughout the year.  We launched with bills from the 107th-112th Congresses in […]

New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian of Congress

This is a guest post by the Law Librarian of Congress, David Mao, who has previously written about state government contracts, Justifying Speed, and Food for Thought, among other topics. The New Year’s Greeting for 2013 is available for download in PDF format: 2013_new_years_letter.   FORWARD PROGRESS The Law Library of Congress Made Great Strides in Reaching Its Strategic Goals for […]

Congress – The Second Session

We have written a number of posts about Lame Duck congresses and what happens at the beginning of a new Congress, but we thought this year we would take a moment to talk about what happens during the second session of a Congress. Before the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933, Congress began on […]

Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a Legal Analyst in the Global Legal Research Center of the Law Library of Congress.  This is not Tariq’s first contribution; he has previously blogged about the Law Library’s June 4, 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law and  Sedition Law in India. The Law Library of Congress […]

Capitol Christmas Tree – Pic of the Week

One evening this week I paid a visit to the Capitol Christmas Tree, which is situated on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  This year the tree traveled all the way from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state, arriving at the Capitol in late November.  It […]

In Custodia Legis Posts: 2013 Roundup

As I said in my post last week on the foreign and comparative law reports we published in 2013, December is a good time to look back and evaluate the year.  This has been a busy year for the In Custodia Legis blog team.  So far in 2013, we have published 233 posts and May […]

Christmas Movies and the Law

James (Jim) Martin, Andrew Weber and I were talking about Christmas movies several weeks ago.  Jim describes himself as a cynic, who “developed a taste for what I call ‘alternative Christmas,’ films such as The Lion in Winter and Desk Set.”  Jim defines alternative Christmas films as “films that take place during the holiday period, but […]

Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France

The following is the first guest post written by Nicolas Boring, Foreign Law Specialist for France and French-speaking countries in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center.  Nicolas joined the Law Library family in September 2013.  For more on Nicolas, you can read his recent In Custodia Legis interview.  A couple of weeks ago, I […]