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Statue of Liberty – Pics of the Week

My colleague Andrew recently showed me photographs of his trip to New York City earlier this year. The trip included a visit to the Statue of Liberty.  Looking at these photographs, I was reminded of the public celebrations for the Statue’s centenary in 1986.  Back then, I was living in New York City, had participated in the public celebrations, and watched the fireworks display on July 4th from the South Street Seaport, along with thousands of people from around the world.

When the Statue first arrived in the United States, from France, President Grover Cleveland had placed it under the administration of the U.S. Lighthouse Board, which was established in 1852. Subsequently, the Statue of Liberty was designated a National Monument in 1924 by President Coolidge, under the authority provided by the Antiquities Act, 34 Stat. 225.  In 1933, President Roosevelt transferred responsibility for the Statue, and other national monuments, to the National Park Service, which still oversees the Statue and Liberty Island today.

From a distance, or close up, she is a spectacular sight that has graced New York and welcomed visitors to our shores for over 130 years.  Enjoy!

Statute of Liberty, Liberty Island / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island / Photograph by Andrew Weber


Statute of Liberty from the back, looking upwards / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Statue of Liberty from the back, looking upwards / Photograph by Andrew Weber


Statute of Liberty / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Statue of Liberty / Photograph by Andrew Weber

The First Mention of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice in English – Pic of the Week

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Your Place for Supreme Court Records & Briefs – Pic of the Week

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Bookends — Pic of the Week

I work in a building on an opposite corner from the United States Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is truly a beautiful and monumental structure; a place where many of the civic events of our national government, such as the recent inauguration are held. It so happens that I have two pieces of the Capitol […]

Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Pic of the Week

During a recent vacation in Scotland I took several treks along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one such walk, in the darkness of the late afternoon, I snapped a picture of Advocate’s Close and the plaque that provides brief information about it. All along the Royal Mile there are narrow alleyways called “closes,” […]

Düsseldorf, Germany Courthouse— Pic of the Week

On my recent visit to Düsseldorf, Germany, I could not stop my nerdy lawyer self from visiting the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf). The Administrative Court in Düsseldorf is the court of first instance in administrative matters and handles all kinds of non-constitutional public law matters. Examples include disputes over building permits, access to public institutions and […]

Ministers of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Visit – Pic of the Week

On Tuesday, November 8, Minister Gilmar Mendes, Minister Teori Zavascki and Minister José Antonio Dias Toffoli of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court visited the Law Library of Congress. Minister Mendes is also the current president of the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal, and Minister Zavascki is the vice-president. The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (equivalent to the United States Supreme […]