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The Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource Podcast

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

As soon as I saw a reference to “International Podcast Day” on one of our blog team calendars—scheduled for September 30th—I knew that we had to do a post about a podcast episode I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this year. In the Legal Talk Network’s ABA Law Student Podcast episode “The Library …

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Join the Law Library at the 17th Annual National Book Festival!

Posted by: Liah Caravalho

The Library of Congress 17th annual National Book Festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 2 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Law Library of Congress staff are delighted once again to have an opportunity to discuss our legal collection and services, and share a number of family-friendly activities with festival attendees. …

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A New View of the Madison Building – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Andrew Weber

For those of you who closely observe In Custodia Legis, you might have noticed that I recently updated my biography on the blog’s About page.  I am now in the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Library of Congress.  I still work on Congress.gov, I just do it from a new location. We are in …

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Lessons Learned from the AALL 2017 Annual Conference in Austin

Posted by: Andrew Weber

I recently returned from my first visit to Austin, Texas for the 110th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference. Hanibal, Tariq, and I hosted a panel, Tech Trends + Transparency.  In it we discussed a new Law Library of Congress report, Features of Parliamentary Websites, by the Law Library’s foreign law specialists.  In the …

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On the Shelf – Library Treaties

Posted by: Betty Lupinacci

As we’ve noted in the blog before, the Class K schedule was not completed until the 1960s.  Prior to that, law material was either classified under the old “LAW” scheme or in the JX class. Our serials cataloger, Brian Kuhagen, is working hard to put everything in order under the K schedule.  His latest projects …

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A Few of my Favorite Things (and People) . . .

Posted by: Robert Brammer

This is a guest post by Tammie Nelson, project manager for Congress.gov. Tammie reflects on her time at the Library of Congress as she prepares to depart to begin work on a PhD in information studies at the University of Maryland iSchool. My first Library of Congress office was in the Madison Building. Eight quotations from our …

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Attorney Advertising in Germany

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

On July 14, 1987, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) rendered two decisions that paved the way to allowing attorney advertising in Germany. Nicknamed the “Bastille decisions” because of the date and their ”revolutionary character,” the decisions allowed attorneys for the first time to advertise their services to the public on a regular basis although several …