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Executive Orders: A Beginner’s Guide

Although they are not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, Executive Orders have been considered one of the President’s powers since George Washington’s administration.  Executive Orders are exactly what they sound like—orders produced by the President, as head of the executive branch, that are “generally directed to, and govern actions by, Government officials and agencies.”[1]  […]

How to Locate a United States Congressional Committee Report: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. To continue our Beginner’s Guide series on legislative history documents, we next turn to congressional committee reports. The reports created by the committees of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate are important sources for determining legislative intent, […]

How to Trace Federal Regulations – A Research Guide

This post is co-written by Anne Guha, who was an intern with the Law Library’s Public Services Division this spring and is now working in Public Services, and Barbara Bavis, legal reference specialist. Our patrons at the Law Library of Congress frequently ask us for assistance in investigating the origins and statutory authority of federal […]

FALQs: Vaccination Law in the United States

This post is coauthored by Robert Brammer and Barbara Bavis, senior legal reference specialists. This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. To obtain legal advice, please consult a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. United States vaccination requirements have been in the news, particularly following what the Centers […]

Top 10 New In Custodia Legis Posts of 2014

What an exciting year it has been for In Custodia Legis!  We added Jennifer and Betty to our blog team.  We published over 200 posts (go back and read any of them you might have missed, I’ll wait).  The three most-viewed months in our blog’s four year history came in September, October, and November.  Towards the […]