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October 2020 Law Library Webinars

Once again we are publishing a brief post with information about the webinars being presented by the Law Library’s Public Services Division staff in October 2020. We have three webinars this month, including an introduction to Congress.gov, the Library’s legislative website. We will continue to publish separate posts about upcoming Foreign and Comparative Law webinars and you can always visit our Legal Research Institute page for information on classes throughout the year.

Great Hall, second floor, north. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Carol M. Highsmith. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.13970

Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations

Date: Thursday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Content: Provides participants with information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, including the publication and citation of federal regulations as well as exploring how to trace a federal regulation.

InstructorAnn Hemmens – senior legal reference librarian. Ann holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and earned both her JD and Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Registration: Please register online by clicking here.

Orientation to Law Library Collections

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

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

InstructorMargaret M. Wood – senior legal reference librarian. Margaret holds a BA in history from Oberlin College and a Master of Science in Library Science from the Catholic University of America.

Registration: Please register online by clicking here.

Congress.gov Webinar

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Content: Provides a basic overview of Congress.gov with a demonstration on general searching and information on setting up alerts for legislation, members and saved searches. Recent enhancements to Congress.gov will also be covered such as the addition of hearing transcripts and the bound Congressional Record.

Instructors: Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer. Barbara is the bibliographic and research instruction librarian at the Law Library. She holds a BA in history from Duke University, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a specialization in law librarianship from Catholic University Robert is the chief of the Law Library’s Office of External Relations. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Kentucky, a JD from Wayne State University, and a Master of Library Science from Florida State University.

Registration: Please register online by clicking here.

The Roman Senate as Precursor of the U.S. Senate

The following post is written by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress. He has recently written for In Custodia Legis on the Italian Parliamentary Library; Spanish Legal Documents (15th to 19th Century); Recent Legislation Enacted by Italy to Tackle COVID-19; and Italy: A New Silk Road Between Italy and China – the Belt […]

Additional Hearing Transcripts on Congress.gov and Other September Enhancements: New, Tip, and Top

In our first post about enhancements to Congress.gov this month, Robert wrote about the new committee hearing transcripts being added to Congress.gov. In our second release for this month, we are adding hearing transcripts for five additional Congresses: 110th, 111th, 112th, 113th and 114th Congresses. You will now also be able to access links to hearings […]

From the Serial Set: Citizenship and Suffrage for Native Americans

Welcome to the final installment of suffrage stories from the Serial Set! Today, we will be looking at the history of Native American citizenship and how voting rights came into play. Despite the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870, Native Americans were not guaranteed citizenship, nor voting rights, under the United States government. Reports from the […]

Research Guides In Focus – Neighbor Law: A Beginner’s Guide

The following is a guest post by Louis Myers, the Law Library’s current Librarian-in-Residence. Now that we have reviewed several research guides on a range of topics, including How to Find Free Case Law Online and Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide, Research Guides in Focus presents another guide, Neighbor Law: A Beginner’s Guide. This guide […]

Join Us for Our Second All-Virtual Herencia Transcribe-a-thon on October 7th!

[Click here for the Spanish version of this post/Haz clic aquí para la versión en español.] In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the release of Phase 2 of our crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia, Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, the Law Library of Congress will be hosting another entirely virtual Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  This event is in […]

¡Acompáñanos al segundo maratón de transcripciones para nuestra campaña Herencia!

[Click here for the English version of this post/Haz clic aquí para la versión en inglés.] En celebración del Mes de la Hispanidad y el lanzamiento de la fase dos de nuestra campaña de “crowdsourcing“, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, la Biblioteca Jurídica del Congreso tendrá un segundo maratón de transcripciones completamente virtual el miércoles, 7 de octubre del […]

New Report Discusses US Federal and State Executive Responses to the Coronavirus

Nations and jurisdictions across the world have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by varying means. At the Law Library of Congress we have written extensively about this topic, keeping readers updated as events continue to unfold. Most recently, Law Library staff analyzed state and federal executive actions that have been taken across the U.S. related […]

A Birthday Card for Joseph Story

Today, September 18, is the birthday of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Joseph Story, one of the most important figures in 19th-century American law. For Justice Story’s birthday, we would like to present a select list of Story’s publications in Library of Congress collections. Born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1779, Story read […]