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Newspaper Reports of Duels Fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground

We have previously written about dueling, a practice by which gentleman who considered themselves of equal social standing would respond to a serious insult by fighting, sometimes to the death, with pistols. Many of these duels were fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground, located just outside the boundaries of Washington, D.C. One of my favorite […]

New Report: Virtual Civil Trials

While working from home together with other Law Library staff our foreign law specialists and analysts have been busy researching many legal issues related to COVID-19, including Continuity of Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations (March 2020) on measures taken in various countries for continuing legislative activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, we also published a […]

The Lincoln Memorial – Pic of the Week

William Howard Taft was a man who held many titles in his life: president of the United States, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and most significantly for this post, chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Commission. He held this post during his tenure as president, and oversaw the planning and selection […]

Domestic Violence: Resources in the United States

This is a guest post by Ann Hemmens, a senior legal reference librarian with the Law Library of Congress. We recently received a question concerning resources available for victims of domestic violence. During this coronavirus pandemic we are seeing news articles about the increased reporting of domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence. According to […]

Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for May of 2020, Part 2

Earlier this month, Andrew shared the exciting news about several significant new features that had been added to Congress.gov including the new Global Search bar, the addition of Committee Prints, and translation of the Overview of Legislative Process video into Spanish. The enhancements for this month’s second release include a redesigned Congressional Record header. We have […]

Law Day 2020 Event Recap: Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment

On April 30, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the American Bar Association, presented the 2020 Law Day program titled “Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment.” The event was a moderated panel discussion, with Kimberly Atkins –senior news correspondent, WBUR-Boston and contributor, MSNBC–as the moderator. Panelists included: Martha S. Jones, Society of […]

FALQs: Islamic Religious Authority and Pakistan’s Response to COVID-19

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq presented a webinar on the subject matter of this post on May 21, 2020. He has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, the Law Library’s 2013 Panel Discussion […]

Italy: A New Silk Road Between Italy and China – the Belt and Road Initiative

The following post is written by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress. He has recently written for In Custodia Legis on the Italian Parliamentary Library; Spanish Legal Documents (15th to 19th Century); and Recent Legislation Enacted by Italy to Tackle COVID-19. Over a year ago, on March 23, […]

FALQs: The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patents in Europe

The following is a guest post by Zeynep Timocin Cantekin, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. On March 20, 2020, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) published its decision on the constitutional complaint against the ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. […]