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Henry Clay’s Law License – Pic of the Week

We previously featured Senator Henry Clay’s law office as our picture of the week. Today, we bring you an image of his law license. I was fortunate to take a tour of Henry Clay’s estate, Ashland, and noticed his law license hanging on the wall.  Ashland was kind enough to send me the high resolution scan of the license that you see pictured below. After […]

Understanding the Aussie Election

Elections for Australia’s federal Parliament will be held this weekend on September 7, 2013.  Initially, in January of this year, the then prime minister, Julia Gillard, announced that September 14 would be the election date.  But in June a new prime minister, Kevin Rudd (who is also a former prime minister), took over and in […]

A Legal Tale of Two Structures

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. On a recent visit to St. Paul, Minnesota, I walked through a downtown public park—Rice Park. Looking up, I thought for a split second that […]

Professor Risa Goluboff to Speak at Constitution Day Event on September 17

The Law Library of Congress will host Professor Risa L. Goluboff in a celebration of Constitution Day 2013. The title of Professor Goluboff’s lecture is “How the Constitution Changes: Social and Political Aspects of the Law.” This program is part of the Law Library’s annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day–a federal holiday that is […]

50 Candles for the Criminal Justice Act

On Tuesday, August 20, the Law Library of Congress and the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Criminal Law Section co-hosted a program called “The Criminal Justice Act at 50 – The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Counsel in the Federal Courts.” The event marked the beginning of a year-long commemoration of the 50th […]

Laws of Thailand – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Chayada Polpun, a summer intern working in the Global Legal Research Center (GLRC),  Law Library of Congress. I interviewed Chayada recently. You can learn about Chayada’s background and her work at GLRC by reading her interview which was published in In Custodia Legis on August 22, 2013. It is my pleasure to share my experience […]

No Taxation Without Representation Circa 1215 AD, or, Magna Carta: A Beginner’s Guide

Magna Carta, the Charter of Liberties sealed by King John of England in 1215 AD, is routinely cited as one of the most important documents of our constitutional tradition.  It ranks with the English Bill of Rights (1689), The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution in symbolic power.  And while the details of […]