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Why March 4 used to be important in the United States

Posted by: Jim Martin

This year my March 4 was a rather uneventful day.  That may have been the case for most of you, but this wasn’t always so for American government.  Until the ratification of the 20th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States in 1933, each congress began on March 4 of the year following the …

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An Interview with Seth Brostoff, Legal Metadata Intern

Posted by: Francisco Macías

This week’s interview is with Seth Brostoff who is working at the Law Library of Congress for several months as an intern describing and creating metadata for a collection of Hispanic Legal Documents that span from the 15th to 19th centuries. Describe your background. I live in Cleveland Park.  I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina, …

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An Interview with Daina Andries, Metadata Technician

Posted by: Jennifer González

This interview is with Daina Andries, a volunteer metadata technician with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My dad’s family is from Pennsylvania and Michigan. My mom’s family immigrated to Wisconsin from Lithuania after World War II and eventually …

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An Interview with Quinn Smith, Metadata Technician

Posted by: Jennifer González

Today’s interview is with Quinn Smith, who is working with Julie McVey as a metadata technician on our digital projects this summer. Describe your background. I grew up on the Eastern Shore. I lived in Delmar, Maryland, but attended school in Delmar, Delaware (Delmar: The town too big for one state). I have 2 sisters …

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Pic of the Week: Monday is not Presidents’ Day – Or is it?

Posted by: Jennifer González

This coming Monday, February 15, we will celebrate the federal holiday, Washington’s Birthday. You may be thinking, “my calendar says Monday is ‘Presidents’ Day,’ not ‘Washington’s birthday!’” Interestingly, the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday (5 US Code 6103) and is observed on the third Monday in February as established by Public Law 90-361 …

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Apportionment and the First Presidential Veto

Posted by: Margaret Wood

I love history and recently I have been researching congressional apportionment.  But what you ask, is apportionment?  According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, one of the definitions is to “divide and share out according to a plan.”   I can see how this might apply to pizza and pie but what does this have to …

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Department of State Honors Law Library for Legal Research Expertise

Posted by: Jeanine Cali

The following article originally appeared in the May 3,  2013, edition of Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. The U.S. Department of State this week honored the Law Library of Congress for legal research work it provides in support of global criminal-justice programs. The State Department presented the “Outstanding Partnership in Criminal Justice Assistance” …