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Blackstone: Commentaries and Burlesque

Posted by: Kurt Carroll

Inspired by the statue of William Blackstone in front of the U.S. District Courthouseourthouse in DC while biking to work, this blog post was intended to introduce the reader to the Law Library’s William Blackstone Collection.  While the Law Library does not have a statue of Blackstone, we do have a very nice portrait. Blackstone …

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How Do I Find…?

Posted by: Christine Sellers

As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I’m making an effort to highlight useful tools contained on the Law Library’s website that our readers may not be aware of.  A section of the website that I use frequently is called “How Do I Find…?“ The guides are especially helpful in the beginning of …

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Official Gazettes: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Posted by: Kurt Carroll

While the United States does not publish an official gazette, most countries of the world do.  These primary law sources are invaluable for foreign legal research.  While no two countries’ gazettes are identical, most contain legislation, orders, regulations, statutory instruments, and international agreements.  Some even include decisions of courts and administrative agencies.  The currency of …

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Human Rights Day at the Law Library

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

We all know that there are a huge number of “days” (or weeks, or months, or sometimes the whole year!) for remembering and celebrating significant events or highlighting different issues.  There are the serious ones, like Earth Day, World AIDS Day, and Law Day.  And then there are some that are a bit less serious, …

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November Retrospective

Posted by: Andrew Weber

November was a great month for our blog, In Custodia Legis.  We posted more in November than any of our previous months.  We also had more page views than any other month.  Thanks for reading and sharing our content with others! Our top posts for November in terms of page views were: 1. An Interview …

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Portrait of John T. Vance – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s Pic of the Week is a portrait of John T. Vance found inside our small conference room.  The portrait was donated to the Law Library by his family.  According to the note by the portrait, he was the Law Librarian of Congress from 1924 until his death in 1943.  Archibald MacLeish, poet, scholar, …