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Evolution of American Funerary Customs and Laws

The following is a guest post by Mattie Aguero, a former intern with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. While cultural customs surrounding death may differ, every society practices some form of ritual for the final disposition of the deceased. In the United States, this ritual is referred to as funeral rites. […]

Collection Highlights: Simon Greenleaf and the First American Legal Citation Index

Last September, I published a post on this blog about Chancellor James Kent in which I wrote about Chancellor Kent’s role in promoting the professionalization of court reporting in America. In this post, I thought I would expand on the subject of legal research in early America by highlighting the first American author to publish […]

An Interview with Sarah Friedman, A Presidential Management Fellow at the Law Library of Congress

Today’s interview is with Sarah Friedman, a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I was always just a short drive away from the beach and many beautiful coastal New England towns. Growing up, my […]

Cryptocurrency Law: Recent Legal Developments on Non-fungible Tokens

The following is a guest post by Carson Lloyd, a foreign law intern working in the Global Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress under the supervision of Louis Myers, a foreign, comparative, and international legal reference librarian. This post summarizes recent cryptocurrency developments within the U.S. and the U.K. relating to non-fungible tokens […]

Punk Rock and the Law

One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to find a case, and we have a popular Beginner’s Guide on that topic. Typically, people have a practical purpose for their research and are searching for a case that is analogous to their own that they can present as binding or persuasive authority to […]

Forgotten and Overlooked: Queer Trials of the Early Modern Period

The following is a guest post by Jeremy Gainey, Lead Library Technician in the Collection Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.    For LGBTQI+ month, here are three forgotten and overlooked trials of queer people in early modern European and American history. Katherina Hetzeldorfer The case of Katherina Hetzeldorfer in 15th-century Germany illustrates […]

Law Library of Congress Studies on Firearms, Weapons, and Gun Control

A search of legal reports produced by the Law Library of Congress has identified multiple reports on gun laws around the world. The reports date back to the early 1960s, reflecting the interest in the topics of “firearms” OR “weapons” OR “gun control” OR “weapons industry” by Law Library of Congress patrons over the years. […]