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September 2020 US Law Webinars

As we did in our July 2020 post, we will continue to list all upcoming U.S. law webinars for each month in one post, thus providing you with one-stop shopping! We will continue to post information separately about our foreign law webinars, such as the September webinar, Worlds Apart: Legal Responses to COVID-19 in New Zealand and Sweden’s Response , the Kellogg Lecture and our Constitution Day event. You can also find information about our classes through our Legal Research Institute. We hope you will join us next month to learn about U.S. statutory law and legislative research, and discover the Law Library’s services and resources.

U.S. Capitol Building. Photograph by Andrew Weber

Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Statutory Law

Date: Thursday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Content: An overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.

Registration: Please register online by clicking here.

Orientation to Law Library Collections

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Content: Introduces participants to information about the Law Library’s wide range of online resources, as well as our print collections.

Registration: Please register online by clicking here.

Both webinars in September will be taught by Anna Price, a legal reference specialist at the Law Library. Anna holds a BS in communications from Ithaca College, a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, and an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool.

An Interview with Robert Brammer, Chief of the Office of External Relations of the Law Library of Congress

Today’s follow-up interview is with Robert Brammer. Robert was first interviewed in 2012 when he started at the Law Library of Congress as a legal reference librarian. He is also a blogger for In Custodia Legis, authoring various posts, including: Constitution Day 2020 – “The Bulwark of Freedom”: African-American Members of Congress and the Constitution During […]

“Justice Dogs” in Germany

Are you looking for a legitimate reason to browse adorable dog pictures at work? Well, this blog post might just be what you were looking for! In December 2019, the Golden Retriever “Watson” started his work as a “justice dog” in the German state of Baden-Württemberg as part of a pilot project. Justice dogs are trained […]

Constitution Day 2020 – “The Bulwark of Freedom”: African-American Members of Congress and the Constitution During Reconstruction

The Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement are excited to announce our annual Constitution and Citizenship Day lecture on September 17th at 3 p.m. EDT. This year’s lecture will be an online event and will be given by Michael J. Murphy, a historical publications specialist in […]

Research Guides in Focus – Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide

The following is a guest post by Louis Myers, the Law Library’s current Librarian-in-Residence. Continuing the Research Guides in Focus series, today we are highlighting a guide that introduces readers to resources on finding local laws, Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide. The guide begins by explaining that local laws can go by many names—ordinance, bylaw, […]

Telework and the French “Right to Disconnect”

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, the foreign law specialist covering French- speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Nicolas has previously blogged about “Bastille Day” Is About More Than the Bastille, among others. In 2016, the French government adopted a labor law that, among other provisions, included a right to disconnect. This […]

Evidence from Invisible Worlds in Salem

Exactly 328 years ago yesterday, authorities in Salem, Massachusetts executed 5 people, making the nineteenth of August a particularly bloody day in the history of the Salem Witch Trials. Those people were Reverend George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs Sr., John Proctor, and John Willard. Salem’s witch hysteria lasted from early 1692 until the following […]

The 2020 Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence: Martha Nussbaum – Philosophy and Life: Fragility, Emotions, Capabilities

Join us online for the 2020 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence! Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum will be the featured speaker of the event on Wednesday, September 9 at 3p.m. EDT. Brian E. Butler, professor of philosophy and legal scholar at the University of North Carolina Asheville, will interview Professor Nussbaum on “Philosophy and […]

From the Serial Set: Susan B. Anthony and the National Woman Suffrage Association

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Library of Congress is digitally hosting the exhibit, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, through September 2020. As digitization of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set is underway, various bills related to suffrage throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries emerge. These give […]