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Pepperdine University School of Law—Pic of the Week

The remnants of snow from the colossal Washington, DC snow storm did not hinder Malibu law students from Pepperdine University School of Law from visiting the Law Library on Thursday, January 28. The law students, who are participants in the law school’s Washington, DC, Externship Semester program, visited the Law Library to receive Congress.gov research training and tours of the Law Library stacks and the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. This pic of the week shows the law students with Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, who provided the students with a rare book display. The display included manuscript books from the 14th and 15th centuries, a copy of the first volume of the Chicago Legal News, which Susan B. Anthony donated to the Library of Congress, George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, and other gems from the Law Library rare book collection.

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Nathan Dorn, Law Library rare book curator (far left) with law students from Pepperdine University School of Law. Photo by Liah Caravalho.

We were delighted to share our collection and expertise on conducting legislative research with students from Pepperdine University School of Law and thank the students for braving the snow!

The Law Library Marks Human Rights Day with a Discussion on Islamic Law Reform

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Sedition Law in India, and FALQ posts on Beef Bans in India, Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, […]

Murder as Statecraft

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter specializes in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has written a number of posts on topics related to countries in that region, including posts on Christmas, Soviet Style; Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, […]

Virginia Dynasty: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is featured in this third blog post about the Virginia Dynasty, following posts on two other renowned Virginians–James Madison and George Washington.   Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell,Virginia in 1743 to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph.  From his successful and wealthy parents, Thomas inherited considerable property and began building Monticello when he was 26 years […]

Virginia Dynasty: George Washington

This second installment of the Virginia Dynasty blog posts highlights our first president, George Washington, the “Father of his country.” George’s great grandfather, John Washington, immigrated to America in 1656 and settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia in 1657, on the Potomac River near the present-day town of Colonial Beach. George was born in […]

On the Shelf – Der Wiener Richter

It seems as though Collection Services Division’s staff have been composing On the Shelf posts for ages. Since we’ve started posting, I’ve been reminded by colleagues about items found years ago that we would pass around or send photos of or talk about over lunch. One such item is a book Brian Kuhagen found a […]

Christmas, Soviet Style

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has written a number of interesting posts related to Russia and the former Soviet Union for In Custodia Legis, including posts on the Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, Crimean history and […]

Locating Congressional Documents: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Congressional documents concern a wide variety of subjects and include all papers ordered printed by the House or Senate apart from congressional committee reports. As described by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), congressional documents “may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, […]