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The Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource Podcast

As soon as I saw a reference to “International Podcast Day” on one of our blog team calendars—scheduled for September 30th—I knew that we had to do a post about a podcast episode I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this year.

In the Legal Talk Network’s ABA Law Student Podcast episode “The Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource,” Sheila Hollis, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, and I were interviewed regarding the multitude of resources the Law Library of Congress offers to legal researchers.  In the wide-ranging interview, we touched on the invaluable resources available at the Law Library of Congress, from our over 2.9 million printed volumes, overseen by our collection services staff, to our dedicated and knowledgeable foreign law specialists and legal reference librarians. In addition to our in-person resources, Sheila and I talked about some of the free online legal resources supported by Law Library of Congress librarians and research specialists, including our legal reports on foreign, comparative, and domestic law, our Magna Carta exhibition and blog posts, and the Congress.gov legislative information system.  We also branched out into some other, non-Library, free online resources our staff can assist patrons in accessing, including case law-focused websites and websites that contain regulations and presidential documents.

Federal Courts Web Archive Launched

The following is a guest blog post by Andrew Winston, Senior Legal Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, and Brian Kaviar, an intern at the Law Library of Congress.  The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage […]

An Interview with Michael Goodson, Collection Services Intern

Today’s interview is with Michael (“Mookie”) Goodson, an intern in the Collection Services Division.  Mookie has the enviable task of conducting preliminary research, identifying U.S. and foreign legal collection items, related to baseball and the law for next year’s Library-wide exhibit: Baseball Americana. Describe your background. I am one of five children (the son of […]

A Little Glimpse at Treaty Research at the Law Library of Congress – International Day of Peace

Yesterday was International Day of Peace and since, historically speaking, peace often meant treaties between various countries, it seemed a good occasion to talk about doing treaty research.  When I began working at the Law Library of Congress over 11 1/2 years ago, I was excited by the variety of questions from patrons.  But there […]

The Law Library Commemorated Constitution Day with a Book Talk by Professor Michael J. Klarman

The Law Library of Congress commemorated Constitution Day a little early this year with a book talk by Harvard Law Professor Michael J. Klarman on September 12th. Professor Klarman discussed his book, The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution. Prof. Klarman referred to the Philadelphia convention as a coup because the delegates […]

Acta de Independencia de Centro América — Pic of the Week

This is a guest post by Hazel Ceron, external relations assistant with the Law Library Office of External Relations. On this day 196 years ago (September 15, 1821), the Acta de Independencia de Centro América proclaimed independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua from Spain. In celebration of the 196th anniversary, today’s […]

When Were Marriages Between Cousins Banned in China?

In my previous blog post, How Degrees of Kinship Are Calculated Under Chinese Law?, it was mentioned that cousin marriage is banned by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Marriage Law. In fact, the ban has not been there for very long: it officially appeared in the Law when it was revised in 1980. Marriage between […]