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Sumptuous Sumptuary Laws

When doing my cool job, I never know what will cross my path.  Recently, I happened to discover some items covering early sumptuary laws in England.  These laws were prohibitions against what the Monarch at the time considered to be “extravagance,” typically in the form of food or clothing.  They were reportedly aimed to preserve the class system […]

Elections in Liberia: Some Legal Developments

In my September 23, 2011 post, I discussed the August 23, 2011 referendum in Liberia, conducted largely in preparation for the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011.  The referendum included proposals that, if passed, would directly affect the conduct and outcome of the elections: a measure to amend the residency requirement for […]

Professor Joseph Raz – Pic of the Week

This week the Law Library of Congress hosted Professor Joseph Raz who delivered a very thought-provoking lecture for the second Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence.  Professor Raz is a leading proponent of legal positivism, which looks to the sources of laws as the basis for their validity, rather than their content.  During the lecture, he offered […]

Teaching with the Raw Materials of the Law: Primary Sources and the Legislative Process

The following guest post by Stephen Wesson, an Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress.  It is cross posted on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. For those of us at the Library of Congress who work with K-12 teachers, a crucial part of our work is promoting the effective instructional use of primary […]

September Retrospective

We posted 26 times in September!  That is only one behind our previous high.  Kelly’s Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela finally lost its grip on our top spot that it had held in July and August.  What topped it?  Nathan’s fascinating post Templar Secrets at the Law Library of Congress? An old favorite from January […]

A Question of Entail

The following is a guest post by Margaret Wood, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division. She acknowledges there is much more to Eliot’s Felix Holt than is covered below. Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice is one of the famous works in the literary canon that deals with the question of entail.  The […]

Talking About THOMAS at the National Book Festival – Pic of the Week

We had a great time at the National Book Festival this past weekend talking with visitors about how the Law Library can help people connect with Congress, including through THOMAS. We handed out lots of gavel pencils as souvenirs! Andrew gave a presentation in the Library of Congress tent on Saturday about “THOMAS Takeaways for […]

The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico

The following is a guest post by Robert Newlen, the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach, and Services in the Law Library of Congress.  Robert has previously blogged about the Kellogg Biennial Lecture, Souvenirs from Moscow, and Humboldt University Law Faculty. I recently had the honor of visiting the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico while attending the annual meeting of […]