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Shanghaied!

Posted by: Christine Sellers

As you can see from my previous post on researching Al Capone’s jury, some of the questions that come through “Ask A Librarian” can be quite fascinating. Some on their face appear simple, but upon further research, reveal hidden depths. A recent question involved a private law from the 71st Congress (1929-1931).*  Private laws affect …

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Last week we posted a collection of pre-1923 piracy trials.  The immediate response was fun to follow on Twitter.  Georgetown Law Library tweeted: Avast me hearties! Read all about pre-1923 pirate trials from @LawLibCongress http://go.usa.gov/cQk A recent post on Slaw, a Canadian law blog, by Simon Fodden (the founder of the blog) discussed the collection.  …

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Is this thing on??

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Law Library of Congress has decided to provide a little outlet for my genius personality to shine through in the form of a blog.  I have sat and pondered what to write about for the past few days now, after conveniently unfortunately being out of town on vacation during the launch week.  Whilst there …

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We’re a Week Old!

Posted by: Christine Sellers

It was an exciting first week for our new blog, In Custodia Legis! I want to thank everyone for stopping by and visiting us. I’d also like to thank the following blogs that took the time to highlight our arrival: Resource Shelf Et Seq. (Harvard Law School Library Blog) LexisNexis Government Info Pro Blog WisBlawg …

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Our Hours Thanks to 2 U.S.C. 138

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Did you know that we are open to Congress anytime either Chamber is in session?  If they are in session on Thanksgiving, we have a law librarian here open for business.  If they are gathering during a blizzard, we have someone walk through the snow to be here. What provision requires us to be open?  …

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The Foreign Jurisdictions of The Bluebook

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Back before the 18th Edition of The Bluebook was published, we were asked to help revamp table T.2 Foreign Jurisdictions.  We have a great group of almost two dozen foreign law specialists (that Kelly previously mentioned) who come from around the world to work at the Law Library of Congress.  In other words, we have the …

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It’s a Law Library… But Wait, There’s More!

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

While the Law Library does employ a number of legal reference librarians as well as collections staff and other people that work with our huge book stacks (approximately two American football fields under our building!), there are quite a few of us that don’t have a background in library or information sciences (although I did work at …

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What Exactly is In Custodia Legis?

Posted by: Andrew Weber

In Custodia Legis is Latin for in the custody of the law.  One role of the Law Library of Congress is to be a custodian of law and legislation.  As part of this, our team of bloggers covers current legal trends, collecting for the largest law library in the world, a British perspective, a perspective …