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An Interview with Rose Likins, Field Study Student

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

Today’s interview is with Rose Likins, a field study student from the Master of Library and Information Science Program at the University of Maryland, who is assisting in the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. As the oldest of five children in an Air Force family, I had the …

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An Interview with Debbie Shrager, Legal Reference Librarian

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This week’s interview is with Debbie Shrager, a legal reference librarian with the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in the Philadelphia area and still love cheesesteaks, hoagies, and “the shore.” I’ve also lived in New York, Chicago, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Northern Virginia has been home for …

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An Interview with Antoine McDonald, Public Services Intern

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

Today’s interview is with Antoine McDonald, a summer intern working in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York where I graduated high school in 2010. I then attended The Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black …

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The Law of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month, and as such, it seems the perfect time to highlight resources that address the legal issues surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation in the United States. While these issues are frequently talked about as if they fall into a singular category, they bleed into multiple …

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How to Use Subject Headings to Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. As reference librarians here at the Law Library of Congress, we get a wide array of questions from our patrons. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive, however, is how to most effectively find relevant legal resources in our …

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Lemon Laws: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. In response to our last post on consumer protection law, we determined there was additional interest in “lemon laws.”  Lemon laws are defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as statutes “designed to protect a consumer who buys a substandard automobile, usu[ally] by …

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Consumer Protection: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Consumer protection touches on a number of areas of law, and as such, has been broadly defined by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary as “[f]ederal and state laws established to protect retail purchasers of goods and services from inferior, adulterated, hazardous, and …

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Webcast: Introduction to the Global Legal Monitor

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Today we would like to introduce you to one of our featured offerings on law.gov–the Global Legal Monitor. The Global Legal Monitor features timely news on legal developments from around the world, and is written by legal specialists at the Law …

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How to Trace Federal Regulations – A Research Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This post is co-written by Anne Guha, who was an intern with the Law Library’s Public Services Division this spring and is now working in Public Services, and Barbara Bavis, legal reference specialist. Our patrons at the Law Library of Congress frequently ask us for assistance in investigating the origins and statutory authority of federal …