The theme of our recent Law Day celebration focused on the separation of powers. Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez interviewed American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass about her work and the importance of the separation of powers in the United States Constitution. President Bass began by discussing her legacy, explaining that she wants to explore ways to make the legal profession a more welcoming profession for diverse attorneys. She also emphasized the need to bridge the justice gap by exploring innovative methods of providing access to justice for those who are unable to afford an attorney. Turning to the separation of powers, President Bass emphasized the need to improve civics education in the United States in order to raise awareness of the role the separation of powers plays in animating the system of checks and balances in our constitutional structure. She spoke about the importance of the legal profession in advocating for an independent judiciary.
Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez interviews American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass on Law Day 2018. Photo by John Regan.
Inspired by President Bass’s emphasis on the need for civics education, the Law Library of Congress has added several videos related to civics to the Bringing Congress to the Classroom site, a page dedicated to improving knowledge of American government, particularly the legislative branch, among K-12 students. These videos focus on topics such as American constitutional law, the founding fathers, and the inspiration for American constitutional rights, including the Magna Carta.
Jennifer Gonzalez’s post on the centennial of the National Park Service made me want to travel more extensively to see what the U. S. National Park Service had to offer. So recently, friends and I took a vacation to Arizona (with forays into California and Nevada). Our itinerary included two national parks, seven national monuments, […]
On January 25, 1971, Idi Amin Dada overthrew the government of Milton Obote, the man who led Uganda to independence from Britain in 1962 and became the country’s first elected leader. (Appolo Milton Obote: What Others Say 87.) Less than a month after the coup, on February 20, 1971, Idi Amin issued an announcement in the name […]
On this day in 1832, John C. Calhoun submitted his resignation as the seventh Vice President of the United States. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1810, he would spend almost all of the remainder of his life serving in either the executive or legislative branches. He had a towering intellect, an overweening ambition, and a strong sense […]
This is a guest post by Laura Read Lee, a Junior Fellow in the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. In this post, Laura describes the new page that she designed, “Bringing Congress to the Classroom.” The Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress has recently launched a new webpage […]
This is another one of those “Today in History” posts! On July 18, 1536, the English Parliament passed the law titled “An Act Extinguishing the authority of the bishop of Rome” (28 Hen. 8 c.10). This was in fact one of a series of laws which had been passed during the previous four years, severing […]
“Absence from those we love is self from self–a deadly banishment.”–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream At the Library On May 3, 2017, in observance of the approaching 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Library of Congress hosted a discussion on this famous interracial-marriage case. The panel included Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, […]
The following is a joint collaboration with Janice Hyde, Assistant Law Librarian for Collections. March is a very important month for Texas. March is Texas History Month! Every year, on March 2, Texas celebrates the anniversary of its independence. And it’s no surprise that this anniversary aligns with the festivities set out for Texas Public […]
The following is a guest post by Alison M. Trulock, an archival specialist in the Office of Art and Archives within the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. In October 2016, the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. House of Representatives launched Records Search on the History, Art & Archives website. The website is a […]
More and more internet traffic is encrypted. Encryption is a method of protecting electronic information by converting it into an unintelligible form (encoding) so that it can only be decoded with a key. Google stated in its latest transparency report that 85% of requests from around the world to Google’s servers used encrypted connections in […]