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Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Congress did not adopt the practice of printing numbers on bills until the 19th century.  By the end of the end of the 16th Congress, both chambers assigned numbers to bills; however, neither chamber immediately assigned sequential numbers for bills throughout a congress.  The House of Representatives adopted this practice in 1818 during the second […]

The “Lieber Code” – the First Modern Codification of the Laws of War

On April 24, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued “General Orders No. 100: Instructions for the Government of the Armies of the United States in the Field,” commonly known as the “Lieber Code” after its main author Francis (Franz) Lieber. The Lieber Code set out rules of conduct during hostilities for Union soldiers throughout the U.S. Civil […]

Law Day 2018 Event: Separation of Powers

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress will co-sponsor the annual Law Day 2018 event on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. in Room LJ-119 of the Jefferson Building. Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate […]

Discover New Ways to Search Congress.gov

The following is a guest post by Tina Gheen, the project manager for Congress.gov in the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Library of Congress. Tina was formerly an emerging technologies librarian with the Law Library of Congress. You may have noticed changes to the Congress.gov homepage in one of our recent updates. We streamlined the site […]

An Interview with Elizabeth Osborne, Legal Reference Librarian

Today’s interview is with Elizabeth Osborne who joined our army of legal reference librarians in March 2018. Enjoy! Describe your background. I am originally from central New Jersey and I have also lived in Washington D.C., London, New York, and most recently Virginia Beach. What is your academic/professional history? I double majored in Justice and […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for April 2018

Today, we’re bringing you the latest Congress.gov updates just in time for the arrival of spring.  Last month, Andrew brought you the latest updates to saved search alert functionality.  For the April release, we have improved the sorting of search results, so that items in the current Congress now appear at the top when sorting by relevancy. Our work on committee […]

Irish Law and St. Patrick’s Day on the Shelf

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, has his feast day on the anniversary of his death, March 17. Thanks to the Irish diaspora, “St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national festival” (Cronin, 242). Originally observed to celebrate Saint Patrick bringing Catholicism to Ireland, it has also […]

An Interview with Johannes Jäger, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Johannes Jäger, a foreign law intern at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I come from the Eifel, which is a region in the westernmost part of Germany, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. After graduating from high school in the picturesque town of Bad Münstereifel, I […]