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Garnets: The Beauty and Utility of a Gem

Posted by: Francisco Macías

Because many of my ancestors were jewelers, I have always had a special interest in gemology and jewelry.  This month, since garnet is the official birthstone of January, I felt that it was apropos to dedicate some time to this semiprecious stone and mineral. It seems that the American National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of …

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Global Legal Monitor: December Highlights

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

It is the time of the month again when I tell you what the hot topics were on the Law Library‘s Global Legal Monitor (GLM).  We debuted this series in December 2011 with highlights of the top ten most viewed GLM articles from November. Below is a list of ten Global Legal Monitor articles with …

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Referendum on New Zealand’s Voting System

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Today (currently Saturday, November 26 in New Zealand) is election day in New Zealand.  In addition to voting for a candidate standing in their district (“electorate“) and for the political party that they want in Parliament, voters will be participating in a referendum on whether the electoral system should be changed. The current electoral system …

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Learning About the Supreme Court Library

Posted by: Christine Sellers

Judith Gaskell, Librarian of the Supreme Court of the United States, who will be retiring soon, was our guest and presenter at a recent Law Library of Congress Power Lunch.  She discussed the history of the Supreme Court Library, the history of the Office of the Librarian of the Supreme Court, and her role as …

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One Child Policy? Definitely not in Israel

Posted by: Ruth Levush

One of the greatest advantages of working at the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center is the ability to interact with experts in foreign law from around the globe and learn from their legal experience. Having visited China ten years ago, and having appreciation for the long and impressive history of that country, I particularly …

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Loving the Job – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Andrew Weber

If you want to know how much fun it is to be a part of the In Custodia Legis blog team, take a look at this outtake from Hanibal’s bio picture photo shoot. Hanibal enjoyed contributing guest posts so much (Nigerian Election, No Place Like Home, Interesting Topics, and Women’s Rights in Africa) that he …

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April Retrospective

Posted by: Andrew Weber

In Custodia Legis surpassed 14,000 email subscribers in April.  We also celebrated our 200th post! During the month, Roberta wrote a guest post on the release of our strategic plan.  The strategic plan has been mentioned a few times since the post was published including by INFOdocket, Federal Computer Week, Library Research, and Slaw. And …