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Ireland’s Election

The following is a guest post by Steve Clarke, Senior Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. Ireland employs a very complicated single transferable voting system to elect the 166 members of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas.  Under this system, in which voters rank their choices, between three and five […]

An Interview with Isabella Marques de Castilla, Leadership Development Program Fellow

This week’s interview is with Isabella Marques de Castilla, who is at the Law Library of Congress as a Fellow in the Library of Congress Leadership Development Program. Describe your background. I am a product of different customs and cultures.  I have resided in various countries including Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United […]

February Retrospective

February seems to have rushed by.  We continued to have several guest posts for In Custodia Legis this month.  They included Thirty Years Ago – The Big Move, Legal Half Time Entertainment, The Legal Ramifications of the Current Political Crisis in Egypt, and The History of the Mexican Constitution.  The guest post on Egypt was […]

Reading Room Remodeling

The Law Library Reading Room is being remodeled in the near future.  In connection with this project, several collections currently located in the Reading Room will be permanently relocated to other areas of the Law Library and Library of Congress shelving areas. The Library’s online catalog records will be updated as materials are relocated.  Researchers […]

The History of the Mexican Constitution

As a Mexican-born American, I’m always looking for occasions to celebrate.  I guess this festive nature is simply dyed-in-the-wool (or dyed-in-the-cotton, if you’re Southern-raised, as I am).  With that in mind, I wanted to write a bit about the Mexican Constitution – especially since two related holidays take place in the month of February:  Mexican […]

Civil War Sesquicentennial

It’s been 150 years since the start of the Civil War.  In case you were wondering, yes, I’m from South Carolina and no, I don’t call it the “War of Northern Aggression.” I remember hearing a news story about a woman serving in disguise during the Civil War and thought I’d look more into it […]

Presidents Day – Lincoln the Lawyer

This Presidents Day I would like to focus on one out of the forty-four.  The Law Library has a digital collection of items related to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and the Law presents items from our Rare Book Collection that highlight periods when Lincoln’s life (and death) were securely linked to the law. Presented in three […]