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Keeping up to Date at the ASIL Annual Meeting

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. For the majority of Washingtonians the cherry blossoms signal the start of Spring.  However, there is another event that marks the arrival of Spring for international lawyers: the annual meeting of the American Society of International […]

Taking the Reference Desk on the Road

The following is a guest post by Matthew Braun, Senior Legal Research Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. Over the past two years I have had the pleasure of presenting an educational program on how to conduct free legal research online at American Bar Association (ABA) annual, midyear, and section meetings. This program, which […]

History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives: A One-Stop-Shop for House Heritage

The following is a guest post by Laura Turner O’Hara, Historical Publications Specialist in the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. What powers does the Constitution grant the House of Representatives? How many women Members of Congress are from Nebraska? What was the mood on Capitol Hill during the Bonus March? Why are […]

A Visit to the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku – Pic of the Week

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian and a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis.  She is the co-author of the blog post Being Well-Informed: Congress.gov Training and her recent posts include Happy Belated Birthday, Title IX, and Civil War Military Trials. I was fortunate to visit the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku […]

Concurrent Resolutions for Lying in State

The recent passing of Senator Inouye [D-HI] led to a discussion among some friends about who can lie in state in the Capitol.  I asked the Law Library’s instructional librarian, Pam Craig, whether it took an act of Congress to permit this.  And indeed it does. To allow the Capitol’s rotunda to be used for […]

Civil War Military Trials

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian and co-author of Being Well-Informed:  Congress.gov Training.  As the Library of Congress opens the exhibit The Civil War in America with 200+ unique treasures, there remain many more valuable Civil War collections available for researching and viewing.  The Law Library of Congress has several of […]

The Law Library of Congress at the National Book Festival

As we did with AALL, we decided to collect feedback from Law Library staff about their participation in this year’s National Book Festival (NBF).  As I noted in last week’s post, this is the Law Library’s second year for participating in the National Book Festival and here is what some of the Law Library participants had to […]

Law Library of Congress at the National Book Festival

This has been a busy week for the Law Library of Congress.  We have unveiled Congress.gov (our new legislative website), celebrated Constitution Day, and to round the week out, we are preparing for the National Book Festival.  This will be the Law Library’s second year at the National Book Festival.  Our staff will be manning […]

Furious Tweeting – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.  Her most recent posts included a 6-installment series regarding the legal themes in the art and architecture of the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building. Three of our law librarians were furiously live-tweeting at Wednesday’s Congress.gov launch.  Thirty fingers […]