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Join Us on November 9th for the Jane Sánchez Memorial Lecture on the Future of Law Libraries and Law Librarianship

Posted by: Robert Brammer

The late Law Librarian of Congress and Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez worked to advance the Law Library of Congress by advocating for new and innovative initiatives. These initiatives, such as the Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute, helped enhance the Law Library’s products and services, and expand our ability …

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From the Serial Set: Residency, Race, and Suffrage

Posted by: Bailey DeSimone

Congress has dealt with issues of voter disenfranchisement on the basis of race throughout history. The question of suffrage for District of Columbia residents in 1844 demonstrated how the enfranchisement of D.C. residents and Black American men was interconnected. In that year, the Senate Committee for the District of Columbia, which held jurisdiction over D.C. from 1816 until …

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How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

Posted by: Robert Brammer

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 …