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Signatures, Subscription Lists and Printing for the First U.S. Congress – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

Today’s pic of the week highlights an item from our collection that finds itself in the spotlight very often, whether as part of a display in one of the Library of Congress’s many fascinating public exhibitions, or as a quasi-sacred book in the swearing-in ceremony of public officials. It is also one of my favorite …

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On Despising English Liberties and Other Wisdom from the Founders

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the first written constitution in American history, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which took place on January 14, 1639. The Fundamental Orders outlined the form of government that would be established over the Connecticut River Towns, enumerating its powers and describing the duties of citizens active in government. A fascinating document …

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John Witte Presentation: Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

At the start of this month I (along with several of my Global Legal Research Center colleagues) attended a very engaging and thought-provoking presentation by Professor John Witte, Jr. titled “Sharia in the West? What Place for Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies?”  Professor Witte recently completed his term as the Cary and Ann Maguire …

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Interview with Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Librarian

Posted by: Jeanine Cali

This week’s interview is with Robert Brammer, a Legal Reference Librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.  Robert recently co-authored the post, The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function?  Look for more posts by Robert going forward as he joins the In Custodia Legis blog …

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Revealing the Presence of Ghosts

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

I could not pass up this Halloween time without touching upon at least one spooky subject and how the law relates to it.  In the past Francisco has covered unusual laws pertaining to Halloween, David has posted about  punishing rebellious children and witches, Kelly has taken us on a journey through time and told us …