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Alhambra Decree: 521 Years Later

Posted by: Francisco Macías

  This Easter Sunday, March 31, marks the 521st anniversary of the issuance of the Alhambra Decree.  To some, that name means nothing.  Perhaps it is better known by its other name: The Edict of Expulsion. It was in the city of Granada, in the spring of 1492 that the Catholic Monarchs, Isabelle of Castile …

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The Laws of Burgos: 500 Years of Human Rights

Posted by: Francisco Macías

As Connie Johnson mentioned in a post earlier this month, the Law Library commemorated Human Rights Day this year by hosting an engaging panel discussion. In keeping with the theme of human rights, I thought it fitting to highlight a historic set of legal instruments that capture a case of well-meaning reaction against a historical …

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A Renewed Glance at Edmund Burke

Posted by: Francisco Macías

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Dante has written many blog posts on a variety of subjects:  Canon Law Update; Citizenship in the Vatican City State; Medieval Canon Law; and The Papal Inquisition in Modena, just to mention a few. While reviewing …

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An Interview with Samuel Urueta, Intern in the Office of the Law Librarian

Posted by: Francisco Macías

As it is summer, it is official summer intern season. Because there are so many post-secondary education institutions in Washington, D.C.  and the greater Washington Metropolitan Area, the Law Library is fortunate to be able to draw from a vast  pool of talented people—from all around the globe—looking to gain professional experience and exposure to the …

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An Interview with Dan Paterson, Preservation Specialist/Rare Book Conservator at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Francisco Macías

We often have the pleasure of working collaboratively with members of other service units throughout the Library of Congress.  Today’s interview is with Dan Paterson, Preservation Specialist/Rare Book Conservator in the Preservation Directorate’s Conservation Division at the Library of Congress.  We are happy to give the public a brief glimpse into his life and his path toward …

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Bicentennial of the Promulgation of the Spanish Constitution of 1812

Posted by: Francisco Macías

“The Spanish nation is the gathering of all Spaniards from both hemispheres.”–Chapter I, Title I, Article 1 You may recall that last month I posted a “pic of the week” titled “Banner Proclaiming the Spanish Constitution of 1812.”  Well, on that subject,  two hundred years ago today, on Thursday, March 19, 1812, the Constitution of …

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Garnets: The Beauty and Utility of a Gem

Posted by: Francisco Macías

Because many of my ancestors were jewelers, I have always had a special interest in gemology and jewelry.  This month, since garnet is the official birthstone of January, I felt that it was apropos to dedicate some time to this semiprecious stone and mineral. It seems that the American National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of …

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A State Mandated Christmas Bonus

Posted by: Francisco Macías

As the holiday season reaches its zenith, I would like to highlight the fact that countries throughout the world that celebrate Christmas have issued a number of holiday related laws and regulations touching on an array of topics, such as toys, Christmas trees, pardons for criminals, and business operations, among others; my favorite among these is the seasonal bonus. Mexico provides an illuminating example.  …

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Highlights of the GLIN Annual Directors’ Meeting

Posted by: Francisco Macías

In a recent pic of the week we featured a group shot of the 18th Annual Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) Directors’ Meeting. Today, I’d like to share some of the highlights of the event. During the two-day meeting, which took place at the Library of Congress in the Lawrence Quincy Mumford Room, representatives from …