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Interview with Judith Gaskell, former Librarian of the Supreme Court of the United States and Law Library of Congress Volunteer

This weeks’ interview is with Judith Gaskell, former Librarian of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judy is currently volunteering at the Law Library and is working in the office next door to mine.  I couldn’t resist popping over and asking  her to do an interview for our blog.  She kindly and graciously accepted.  Please […]

January Retrospective

In Custodia Legis had a terrific January!  We had the most page views ever in a month for the blog.  We have now posted over 400 times (have you read them all?). The month was led by a trio of posts.  Last year’s post on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tops the list.  People were also […]

Super Bowl, Indy, and Blackouts – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division. It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, a quasi-national holiday when hundreds of millions of Americans (111 million last year) watch the NFL’s championship game. This year’s big game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in […]

Watch House Committee Hearings on THOMAS

First there was the Congressional Record iPad app, now there is a new home to watch committee hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives:  THOMAS.  2012 has been busy!  Just like with the iPad app, this was an initiative of the House leadership under the guidance of the Committee on House Administration. When I previously posted on […]

Ethiopian Emperors and Slavery

Slavery in the Ethiopian region is of “great antiquity.”  (Pankhurst, 1964, p. 202.)  Historical inscriptions going as far back as 1495 B.C. point to the subjugation of people from the Land of Punt into slavery.  (Encyclopedia Aethiopica, p. 673.)  There are also sources indicating the export of slaves from the Aksumite Kingdom (100–940 AD), a […]

State of the Union Addresses

The annual State of the Union address by the President of the United States to a joint session of the U.S. Congress has become a modern ritual that generates considerable discussion among newspaper and broadcast commentators, bloggers, and the Twitterverse.  This commentary covers a broad array of topics, including political analysis, comments on special guests, […]