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Upcoming US Law Webinars – August 2022

Each August, the House and Senate take a summer recess from Washington, D.C., during which they spend time in their respective legislative districts. While the legislators are working away from Capitol Hill, the Law Library of Congress will continue responding to reference inquiries and presenting webinars on a variety of topics. August’s installment of the orientation to legal research series will focus on federal regulations and the resources available to researchers who want to learn more about the origins of federal agency rules and regulations.

Watercolor illustration of a woman in a bonnet among a field of pink flowers, with the word "Summer" in the lower right corner.

Summer. (1907). Penrhyn Stanlaws, artist. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.43427.

Also in August, we are hosting our Congress.gov webinar, which covers the website’s basic and advanced search capabilities. More information about the Law Library’s upcoming U.S. law webinars and registration links can be found below.


Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m. EDT – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Content: This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

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

Register here.


Congress.gov Webinar

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 2:00 p.m. EDT – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Content: This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of Congress.gov. While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of Congress.gov will be highlighted.

InstructorsBarbara 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 a 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.

Register here.


To learn about other upcoming classes on domestic and foreign law topics, visit the Legal Research Institute.

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