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Coutumes of France in the Law Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Dr. Meredith Shedd-Driskel, Law Curator. With the rise of feudalism in medieval France, the country had evolved into two judicial territories.  The provincial parliaments in northern France, acting as sovereign judicial bodies independent of each other and claiming independence from the king, applied droit coutumier, or legal principles […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In 1983, President Reagan signed H.R. 3706, a bill to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a legal public holiday, which became Public Law No: 98-144.  The day (and federal holiday) is declared each year via Presidential Proclamation and is in honor of the birthday of […]

An Interview with Elizabeth L. Moore, Legal Collection Specialist

This week’s interview is with Elizabeth Moore, a librarian in our Collection Services Division. Describe your background I’m a native New Orleanian, who lived there until coming to the Law Library in 2008.  I grew up fourth in a family of six children.  My father was a biology professor and a naturalist and my mother […]

Tip of the Congressional Iceberg

The following is a guest post by Margaret Wood, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Directorate. At the start of a new Congress, the librarians at the reference desk in the Law Library of Congress’ Reading Room receive a flurry of questions about Congress, THOMAS, and the legislative process.  So, at the start of […]

Happy Old Year

The following is a guest post by Roberta Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress. It is that time again when so many of us reflect upon achievements, and shortcomings, of the previous year and look forward to keeping ambitious resolutions for the new year.  In the past few days as the Law Library of Congress staff […]

Tribute to a K Class Act — Pic of the Week

This week’s Pic of the Week is in honor of Marie Whited and her retirement from the Law Library.  This past summer, Marie received the American Association of Law Libraries highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.  She is best known for her subject work with the Library of Congress Classification for Law, […]