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Birthday of the WAVES

Monday, July 30, marks the 76th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Navy’s WAVES, the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.  During World War I women were accepted into the Navy’s reserve force due to an ambiguity of the law which did not specify that a reservist must be a “man.”  The idea was […]

Happy Birthday Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid–An Honorary U.S. Citizen

  Bernardo Vicente Apolinar de Gálvez y Madrid is one of those unsung heroes of American history.  Today, I would like to share a few highlights about this giant of Americana. Born on July 23, 1746, in Macharaviaya—a town and municipio in Málaga within the autonomous community of Andalusia, which is situated in the south […]

You Ott to Know: Using Legal Documents to Change Baseball History

The ABA publication Insights On Law & Society states in its Winter 2017 issue that “The birth certificate is among the first legal documents an individual might acquire.” In most jurisdictions it’s the only document one can use for obtaining a drivers’ license, proving your citizenship, obtaining a passport… just merely establishing your existence. And […]

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 […]

Join the Law Library of Congress at the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference

We hope to see you at the upcoming annual American Association of Law Libraries Conference in Baltimore this July! Law Library of Congress staff will be presenting three programs at the conference. On Sunday, July 15th at 4pm, Andrew Weber, Jenny Gesley, Hanibal Goitom, and Laney Zhang will be presenting, Bitcoin: Changing Laws for an […]

Interview with María Daniela Jiménez, Junior Fellow at the Law Library of Congress

Today’s interview is with María Daniela Jiménez. María Daniela is a Junior Fellow in the Collection Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Orange County, California, and have lived in the Bay Area, Arizona, Indiana, Mexico City, and Rome. I really enjoy moving. What is your academic/professional […]

Naaltsoos Sání and the Long Walk Home

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Long Walk, the 450-mile journey the Diné (Navajo) took from Hwééldi (Fort Sumner) to the heart of the Navajo Nation, the area around Window Rock, Arizona. The Diné started their travels home after the signing of the Naaltsoos Sání–also known as the Treaty of Bosque Redondo and the […]

Caribbean American Heritage Month and Caribbean Law

This year marks the 13th National Caribbean American Heritage Month, which acknowledges and honors the contributions Caribbean Americans are making to American society. At the Law Library, we take the opportunity during these commemorative months to review our holdings in the related jurisdictions. The Caribbean is a term for the area that comprises nearly twenty-five […]