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Poetic Decisions

The following is a guest post by Brandon Fitzgerald, project manager of a Law Library staffing contract, writer and student of poetry and literature. As we come to the tail-end of National Poetry Month, I have been thinking about my earliest post on the relationship between law and poetry and my follow-up titled “Poetic Justice” […]

Courthouse in “Old Town” Alexandria, VA – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Catharina Schmidt, a foreign law intern working in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia is located at 520 King Street in Alexandria’s historic district known as “Old Town”. The building accommodates not one but three courts: The Alexandria General […]

World Intellectual Property Day, April 26– On the Shelf

The following post is a joint effort by Jennifer Davis (collections text) and Betty Lupinacci (gazette curation and photo). Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day. At the Law Library, one subject matter area most frequently requested by patrons from our collections is intellectual property law. Since our foreign law specialists are frequently producing […]

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Congress did not adopt the practice of printing numbers on bills until the 19th century.  By the end of the end of the 16th Congress, both chambers assigned numbers to bills; however, neither chamber immediately assigned sequential numbers for bills throughout a congress.  The House of Representatives adopted this practice in 1818 during the second […]

The “Lieber Code” – the First Modern Codification of the Laws of War

On April 24, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued “General Orders No. 100: Instructions for the Government of the Armies of the United States in the Field,” commonly known as the “Lieber Code” after its main author Francis (Franz) Lieber. The Lieber Code set out rules of conduct during hostilities for Union soldiers throughout the U.S. Civil […]

Law Day 2018 Event: Separation of Powers

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress will co-sponsor the annual Law Day 2018 event on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. in Room LJ-119 of the Jefferson Building. Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate […]

Family Voting as a Solution to Low Fertility? Experiences from France and Germany

The following is a guest post by Johannes Jäger, a foreign law intern working in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. I recently read an op-ed in the New York Times in which the author passionately advocated for the introduction of “Demeny voting” in the United States. The concept behind this term, named after the demographer […]

FALQs: The Swedish Budget Process

Today’s guest post was authored by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant covering Scandinavian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Elin is a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis and has blogged on many topics, including on 60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent Law; Finland: 100 Years of Independence – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred […]

Discover New Ways to Search Congress.gov

The following is a guest post by Tina Gheen, the project manager for Congress.gov in the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Library of Congress. Tina was formerly an emerging technologies librarian with the Law Library of Congress. You may have noticed changes to the Congress.gov homepage in one of our recent updates. We streamlined the site […]