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From the Serial Set: Before It Was Presidents’ Day…

The following is a guest post by Bailey DeSimone, a library technician (metadata) in the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. Correspondence between the Congress and the American public is essential in understanding legislative decision-making. Among the documents and journals of the Serial Set, we’ve discovered reprints of letters between Congress and the Washington family […]

A Congress.gov Interview with Owen Henry, Legislative Data Analyst

Today’s interview is with Owen Henry, a legislative data analyst in the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. Describe your background.  My parents both worked for the Department of the Interior over in Foggy Bottom, so I grew up living around Washington, DC. I got a degree in political science from Oberlin College, then went […]

New Online Collection: Military Legal Resources

A new collection is now available on the law.gov website: Military Legal Resources. This collection includes material from the William Winthrop Memorial Library at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) is the legal arm of the United States Army, established on July […]

Join Us on February 27th for a Webinar on the Upcoming Israeli Election

On March 2, 2020, Israel is going to hold its third national election in 11 months, with the first having taken place on April 9, 2019, and the second on September 17, 2019. The current (22nd) Knesset (Israel’s parliament) was sworn in on October 3, 2019. Israel maintains a parliamentary system of government. No Knesset member was […]

New Series of Webinars: Join Us on Feb. 20th for an Orientation to Legal Research on U.S. Case Law

The following is a guest post by Anna Price, a legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress is pleased to announce a new series of webinars on U.S. laws and legal resources. These classes are taught by reference librarians and designed to give a basic introduction to legal […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top February 2020

Last month Andrew told us about deep linking in Congress.gov while Robert informed us about sponsorship information in saved searches for legislation. This month we are implementing the ReadSpeaker function for use on the Congress.gov bill text tab. Since July 2015, Congress.gov has offered the ReadSpeaker function for bill summaries but now we are offering […]

The Teaching Contract that Brought Sami Reindeer to Alaska

Today marks the National Sami Day in Sapmi – an area spanning the national borders of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russian Kola Peninsula. The Sami are a semi-nomadic people who have moved across national borders in Sapmi for hundreds of years. Similar to other people from the Scandinavian countries, they have also crossed the Atlantic in hopes […]

2020 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch

We hope you can join us for the 2020 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture! The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas […]

Anniversary of the 16th Amendment

                      Today marks an anniversary that perhaps many people would like to forget: February 3, 1913 was the day that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  For those of you who have blocked this amendment from your memory, the 16th Amendment states: […]