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75th Anniversary of End of World War II

On this day in 1945, the most destructive war in human history came to an end when representatives of the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender on board the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Overseeing the event was General of the Army and Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers Douglas MacArthur.   Representatives of […]

A Congress.gov Interview with Suneewan Creech, Legislative Data Specialist

Today’s interview is with Suneewan Creech. Suneewan is a legislative data specialist in the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. Before working in CRS, Suneewan worked in the Law Library of Congress. Read her original interview. Describe your background.  I started my Library of Congress career as a contractor in the Law Library. I worked as […]

September 2020 US Law Webinars

As we did in our July 2020 post, we will continue to list all upcoming U.S. law webinars for each month in one post, thus providing you with one-stop shopping! We will continue to post information separately about our foreign law webinars, such as the September webinar, Worlds Apart: Legal Responses to COVID-19 in New Zealand […]

An Interview with Robert Brammer, Chief of the Office of External Relations of the Law Library of Congress

Today’s follow-up interview is with Robert Brammer. Robert was first interviewed in 2012 when he started at the Law Library of Congress as a legal reference librarian. He is also a blogger for In Custodia Legis, authoring various posts, including: Constitution Day 2020 – “The Bulwark of Freedom”: African-American Members of Congress and the Constitution During […]

“Justice Dogs” in Germany

Are you looking for a legitimate reason to browse adorable dog pictures at work? Well, this blog post might just be what you were looking for! In December 2019, the Golden Retriever “Watson” started his work as a “justice dog” in the German state of Baden-Württemberg as part of a pilot project. Justice dogs are trained […]

Constitution Day 2020 – “The Bulwark of Freedom”: African-American Members of Congress and the Constitution During Reconstruction

The Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement are excited to announce our annual Constitution and Citizenship Day lecture on September 17th at 3 p.m. EDT. This year’s lecture will be an online event and will be given by Michael J. Murphy, a historical publications specialist in […]

Research Guides in Focus – Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide

The following is a guest post by Louis Myers, the Law Library’s current Librarian-in-Residence. Continuing the Research Guides in Focus series, today we are highlighting a guide that introduces readers to resources on finding local laws, Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide. The guide begins by explaining that local laws can go by many names—ordinance, bylaw, […]

Telework and the French “Right to Disconnect”

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, the foreign law specialist covering French- speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Nicolas has previously blogged about “Bastille Day” Is About More Than the Bastille, among others. In 2016, the French government adopted a labor law that, among other provisions, included a right to disconnect. This […]

Evidence from Invisible Worlds in Salem

Exactly 328 years ago yesterday, authorities in Salem, Massachusetts executed 5 people, making the nineteenth of August a particularly bloody day in the history of the Salem Witch Trials. Those people were Reverend George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs Sr., John Proctor, and John Willard. Salem’s witch hysteria lasted from early 1692 until the following […]