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An Interview with Abdalrahman Alangari, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Describe your background. I was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I attended elementary, middle, and high school there. In 2008, I graduated from Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Islamic law. What is your academic/professional history? After graduating from college in 2008, I was nominated …

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Ethical Considerations Related to the Representation of Someone Accused of Witchcraft

Posted by: Robert Brammer

If you find yourself representing someone accused of witchcraft, you will want to consult the Malleus Maleficarum. This treatise, housed in the Law Library of Congress Rare Book Vault, contains everything you need to know to identify a witch, or at least what two theologians and inquisitors believed constituted evidence of witchcraft in 1486 (the …

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The Volkswagen Litigation

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen (VW) admitted that it had manipulated software in around eleven million diesel vehicles worldwide to cheat on emissions tests. As more and more details emerged in the ensuing weeks and months, VW’s share value rapidly declined by 30 percent. U.S. regulators levied heavy fines of up to US$15.3 billion …

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Records & Research on the House of Representatives History, Art & Archives Website

Posted by: Andrew Weber

The following is a guest post by Alison M. Trulock, an archival specialist in the Office of Art and Archives within the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. In October 2016, the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. House of Representatives launched Records Search on the History, Art & Archives website. The website is a …

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Yudin Collection bookplate

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

While reviewing a truck of materials, I found three items with the following bookplate: Since I had run across this bookplate before and admired it, I thought it would be a great visual to share in a blog post. This bookplate was specifically designed for the Yudin Collection. The Library of Congress acquired the Yudin …

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On the Shelf: How do you say “Gazette” in…

Posted by: Betty Lupinacci

Okay, so this is not actually another of Andrew’s clever posts with videos showing you how to say “law” or “book” in multiple languages. However, when our serials cataloger, Brian Kuhagen, showed me a title he was classifying, I immediately thought of Andrew’s posts and tying that theme (a single word in multiple languages) to …

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Drafting a Will: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist Contemplating end-of-life issues is not anyone’s favorite topic, but it is important to do so in order to ensure your final wishes are carried out. As such, it is not surprising that our patrons show an interest in these matters, which …