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The Size of the United States Supreme Court

On this day in 1837, President Andrew Jackson, in one of his last official acts, signed legislation to expand the size of the Supreme Court of the United States by adding two associate justice positions, increasing its size to a Chief Justice and eight associate justices. The same legislation also increased the number of federal judicial […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top March 2020

Last month we brought you information about new alerts for updated weekly committee schedules and the implementation of Read Speaker for bill text. For our first release this month, we have added the ability to sort bill cosponsors by name or date from the All Info view for a bill.   Enhancements Enhancement – Members […]

FALQs: Spreading Rumors and Police Reprimand Under Chinese Law

It was recently reported that Dr. Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who was among the first to raise the alarm about the coronavirus disease (now named COVID-19) and died after contracting the virus from a patient, had been reprimanded by the police for “spreading rumors.” On his Weibo account, Dr. Li posted the “letter of reprimand” that he was […]

Robert H. Terrell, Municipal Judge

Robert H. Terrell (1857-1925), the first African American judge in the Washington, D.C. Municipal Court, was also an educator, a writer and a law professor; and husband to activist, suffragist and educator Mary Church Terrell. Terrell was born in rural Orange, Virginia and attended grammar school in D.C., Groton Academy in Massachusetts before graduating cum […]

Join Us on March 5 for a Webinar on the IMF, World Bank, and WTO

Please join us on March 5, 2020, at 2pm for the webinar “Profiling International Organizations: IMF, World Bank, WTO.” My colleague Elizabeth Boomer and I will provide insight into the history, structure, key functions, and current developments at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Elizabeth Boomer earned a […]

How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

No, I’m not suggesting just hanging up a shingle without taking the bar. To do so would result in needing to get your own defense attorney instead of becoming one, since the unauthorized practice of law is a felony in many states. I’m referring to “reading the law,” the process of becoming a lawyer by apprenticing […]

Únete para mejorar el acceso a documentos jurídicos de España con la campaña Herencia

[Haz clic aquí para la versión en inglés/Click here for the English version of this post.] Nos complace presentarles Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, el primer proyecto de crowdsourcing dedicado a documentos en otros idiomas aparte del inglés.  La Biblioteca Jurídica del Congreso te invita a ayudarnos a mejorar el acceso a nuestra colección […]

Join the Library’s Herencia Campaign to Improve Access to Spanish Legal Documents

[Click here for the Spanish version of this post/Haz clic aquí para la versión en español.] We are excited to launch, in late February, the Library’s first crowdsourcing project dedicated to papers in languages other than English, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents. The Law Library of Congress invites you to help improve access to […]