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The Power of Judicial Review

The following is a guest post by Janeen Williams, a Legal Reference Specialist with the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. The federal judiciary has the authority to review actions of the legislative and executive branches to verify that they comport with the Constitution see Marbury v. Madison). However, judicial review does […]

A Visit to the Frederick Douglass House – Pic of the Week

Born into slavery at a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and provided with no formal education, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and defied his humble origins to become a world renowned advocate for equal rights, author, publisher, orator, and statesman, traveling across the world to raise awareness about the evils of slavery. In later […]

An Interview with Tynesha Hubbard, Administrative Assistant for the Office of External Relations

Describe your background. I was born in Washington D.C., but grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, along with my five sisters. My grandmother owned several businesses in Washington D.C.; she taught me about hard work and the importance of community. Today, I continue to support my community along with my husband in Northern Maryland, […]

An Interview with Kelly McKenna, Program Specialist for the Office of External Relations

Describe your background. I grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and lived in Ithaca, New York, while attending college. In 2011, I spent six months in Amsterdam, where I studied Dutch culture and took classes at the University of Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 2012, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I lived […]

Baseball Blues: Sunday Games and the Law

There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon baseball game. The stands are full of families, with children carrying gloves in the hopes of snagging a foul ball or, better yet, a home run ball! But it wasn’t always this way. During the early 1900s (and up until 1933), states’ blue laws prohibited baseball games being played […]

The Law Library of Congress at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries

The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Osborne.  Beth most recently wrote about the retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Librarians at the Law Library recently returned from the 2018 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  The conference is an opportunity for legal information professionals to share knowledge and connect with colleagues from across […]

Our New Reports on Regulation of Cryptocurrency Around the World

The Law Library of Congress often produces foreign, comparative, and international law reports on a wide range of issues. We recently completed two reports on the global cryptocurrency regulatory framework. While one of the reports is a compilation of brief surveys of the legal and policy landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies in 130 countries, the other one provides more […]