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Forgotten and Overlooked: Queer Trials of the Early Modern Period

The following is a guest post by Jeremy Gainey, Lead Library Technician in the Collection Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.    For LGBTQI+ month, here are three forgotten and overlooked trials of queer people in early modern European and American history. Katherina Hetzeldorfer The case of Katherina Hetzeldorfer in 15th-century Germany illustrates […]

The Hans Island “Peace” Agreement between Canada, Denmark, and Greenland

The following is a guest post by Michael Chalupovitsch, a foreign law specialist with the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate covering Canada. On June 14, 2022, peace was brokered between two longstanding NATO allies, Canada and Denmark. A ceremonial exchange of liquor bottles signaled the end of the long running “Whisky War” between the […]

Upcoming US Law Webinars – July 2022

Next month, the Law Library will present a webinar on federal legislative history that will offer a deeper dive into a bill’s lifecycle, discuss the types of documents that are considered “legislative history” resources, and then explore methods of identifying and locating these items. Our second webinar is an orientation to the collections of the […]

Lessons Learned from the Life of Constance Baker Motley: A Conversation with Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin to Celebrate The Law Library of Congress’ 190th Anniversary

To celebrate the Law Library of Congress’ 190th anniversary, we hope you can join us on July 14 at 3 p.m. EDT for a special webinar titled, Lessons Learned from the Life of Constance Baker Motley: A Conversation with Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Please register here. Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut will interview Dean Tomiko […]

Pride Month Bibliography

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. It was chosen as the month we observe this celebration because of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969. Stonewall was a watershed for gay rights activism and recognition of the way people live their lives. Since then, there have been improvements in […]

When a Bee Is a Fish in the Eyes of the Law

Last month, a California court held that for the purpose of receiving legal protection under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), the act’s definition of “fish” is broad enough to include bees. At first blush, this decision may cause some head-scratching, so let’s begin with a brief background of the laws at play in this […]