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International Plain Language Day

Posted by: Andrew Weber

The following is a guest post by Cynthia Jordan, Senior Writer-Editor at the Law Library of Congress. October 13, 2011, is being celebrated around the world as the First Annual International Plain Language Day.  This new celebration is planned to coincide with the first anniversary of The Plain Writing Act, Public Law 111-274, enacted October 13, …

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¡Happy Day of the Race!

Posted by: Francisco Macías

If you’ve ever seen this day marked on your desktop calendars and wondered what it was, think La Niña (née La Santa Clara), La Pinta, and La Santa María. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the modern-day Commonwealth of the Bahamas.  Although Columbus Day was formally recognized here in the United States on …

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Highlights of the GLIN Annual Directors’ Meeting

Posted by: Francisco Macías

In a recent pic of the week we featured a group shot of the 18th Annual Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) Directors’ Meeting. Today, I’d like to share some of the highlights of the event. During the two-day meeting, which took place at the Library of Congress in the Lawrence Quincy Mumford Room, representatives from …

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Canadian Government Wants Term Limits for Senators

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Steve Clarke, Senior Foreign Law Specialist. Canada‘s new majority Conservative Government headed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper has introduced a bill (Bill C-7) that would limit Senators to one nine-year term.  The 105 members of Canada’s upper house currently have no terms of office and are only obliged …

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Happy (New Zealand) Birthday, Queen Elizabeth!

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The British Royal Family has been a quite a topic of conversation here in the U.S. this year, what with “that” wedding a few weeks ago.  Coming from a Commonwealth Realm I saw many references to Queen Elizabeth II and her family while I was growing up – her picture on our coins and notes, …

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Anzac Day – Lest We Forget

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen (1914) Today, April 25, is Anzac Day – a public holiday in …

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An Interview with Hanibal Goitom, Foreign Law Specialist

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

This week’s interview is with Hanibal Goitom, a Foreign Law Specialist in our Global Legal Research Center.  Hanibal has previously written two guest posts for In Custodia Legis.  His “Power Lunch” was also discussed in the post There’s No Place Like Home. Describe your background. I am a Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library …

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McGill Fined for M.B.A. Tuition Hike

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Steve Clarke, Senior Foreign Law Specialist. Whenever I mention in this country that I went to college in Canada, I am almost invariably met with the response, “McGill?”  I have often wondered why that is so.  I mean, it is true that McGill has been ranked the top …