It has been 110 years since the R.M.S. Titanic infamously sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. While many are familiar with the tragic accident itself, not many are aware of the numerous lawsuits that followed. In the aftermath of the ship’s sinking, a protracted transatlantic legal battle ensued between […]
The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and other countries in East and Southeast Asia. Sayuri has previously authored numerous post for In Custodia Legis, including Tradition vs Efficiency: ‘Hanko’ Affects Workplace Efficiency and Telework in Japan; Food Delivery in Japan – History and Current Regulation; New Era, New Law Number; Holy […]
In recent posts, I have pointed out that while the Law Library’s rare books collection is in principle a collection of printed books, we sometimes have the good fortune to acquire unique documents created by important Americans in the course of their public careers. One example of these was a document signed by two 17th-century […]
Short interviews of the people working on the spring 2022 remote metadata projects, this week celebrating our interns working on transcribing some of the Century of Lawmaking.
Last month Margaret shared our enhancements and also provided some insights from a few Congress.gov staff on what they do for the website. This month we continue to make it easier for you to track what your members are sponsoring and cosponsoring on Congress.gov. When you put in your address to search for your members, […]
After a suspect is arrested, obtaining a conviction is easier if they provide a full, uncoerced confession after being read their Miranda rights. That brings us to our picture of the week, which comes to us from the Patent Database. The idea behind this talking skeleton was that it would help law enforcement obtain a […]
The theme of this year’s Law Day is “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.” The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association hope you can join us, via webinar, for this year’s Law Day celebration on April 28th at 3pm EDT. You can register here. “We the People […]
The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress covering the United Kingdom and several other jurisdictions. Clare has written numerous posts for In Custodia Legis, including Revealing the Presences of Ghosts; Weird Laws, or Urban Legends?; FALQs: Brexit Referendum; and 100 Years of “Poppy Day” in the United Kingdom. The Law […]
Short interviews of the people working on the spring 2022 remote metadata projects.
We celebrate many commemorative days, weeks, and holidays at the Law Library of Congress, from Public Service Recognition Week to Constitution Day. One week that is particularly dear to our hearts is National Library Week. Each April, libraries across America celebrate the important work of libraries and librarians, and the countless ways in which they […]