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RECAP: Lunch & Learn Webinar: A Conversation with the Herencia Crowdsourcing Interns

In March 2021, the Law Library of Congress celebrated the first anniversary of the crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents. Herencia became the first ever crowdsourcing campaign in By the People in a language other than English. This rare collection of Spanish legal documents from the 15th to 19th centuries includes royal decrees, papal bulls, legal opinions, judgments, and royal orders in Spanish, Latin, and Catalan.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we held a review challenge to finish the Laws & Statutes: Crime and Law Enforcement project. Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we were able to finish our review challenge a day early! In total, since our release in March 2020, we have completed over 3,000 pages and have had over 800 volunteers contributing to the campaign. We are so grateful to our volunteers for helping us achieve this incredible milestone.

In addition to our review challenge, we held a panel discussion with six of our seven remote interns called the Lunch & Learn Webinar: A Conversation with the Herencia Crowdsourcing Interns. In this event, as a program specialist and the interns’ co-supervisor, I moderated a panel discussion with our spring Herencia Crowdsourcing interns: Jake Neuberger, Aranza Obscura, Lourdes Johnson, Courtney Kennedy, Teresa Kane, and Emily Hausheer. This remarkable group of students, graduate students and industry professionals is the first cohort to ever conduct research on this digital collection. In this webinar, the interns shared their background, professional experiences, their interest in the Herencia campaign, and their incredible discoveries during their 10-week internship. Senior legal information specialist Stephen Mayeaux gave an overview of the progress on Herencia and what to expect from the campaign in the near future.

To learn more about Herencia, our interns, and their discoveries, check out the webinar recording below:


New Multinational Report on the Acquisition of Citizenship through International Adoption

This is a guest post by George Sadek, a foreign law specialist with the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. George has contributed a number of posts to this blog, including posts on The Trial of Seif al Islam al Gaddafi, Controversy Over New Egyptian Law that Regulates the Construction of Churches, and […]

Explore Congressional Reactions to Historic Events on Congress.gov

The Congress.gov team has received feedback requesting that we add content from prior congresses to the Congressional Record and public law text collections. We are pleased to announce that we have made substantial progress on this request. The Bound Congressional Record collection now goes back to the 82nd Congress (1951-1953) and the full text of […]

Join Us to Celebrate Law Day on April 29th

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association will present the Law Day 2021 program, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now: A Global Perspective,” on April 29th at 3:30 p.m. EDT. This event will be presented as a free, streaming program. Please click here to register. Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate […]

Join Us for our Upcoming Webinar: “Brazilian Criminal Procedure Law: Is a Criminal Conviction Really Enforceable?”

Join us on Thursday, April 22, at 2:00PM EDT for a new Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar, Brazilian Criminal Procedure Law: Is a Criminal Conviction Really Enforceable? Criminal prosecution in Brazil has always been the subject of great controversy. Conflicting interpretations of the law by the superior tribunals in recent high profile cases have disrupted […]

Celebrating the Life of Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez

Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and 25th Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Jane is survived by her husband, Christopher Freitas, and her three children, Adam, Alyson, and Andrew. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues. Librarian of Congress Dr. […]