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Immigration Law: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

While for years immigration has been a much-debated political topic, several issues have caused a recent increase in press attention, including: (1) numerous attempts to pass the DREAM Act in Congress; (2) the recent success of Question 4 in Maryland; and (3) the June 15, 2012 memorandum by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security …

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An Interview with Monica Greene, Library Technician

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

This week’s interview is with Monica Greene, a Library Technician in the Law Library of Congress Reading Room. Describe your background. I consider Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home, although I moved around a bit growing up and spent four years in Kyoto, Japan.  After coming back to the U.S. I always wanted to return to Japan, so …

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Legal Writ in the Hand of Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: Robert Brammer

The Law Library of Congress houses approximately 60,000 rare items, 25,000 of which are contained in a climate controlled vault. To be classified as rare, an item generally must have been published prior to 1801. One of our interesting rare items is a petition for a writ of process handwritten by a young lawyer named …

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Happy Belated Birthday, Title IX

Posted by: Margaret Wood

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Congress. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235, 373 turned 40 years old on June 23, 2012.  Its birthday passed much like it became law—quietly and unassumingly.  Its impact, however, has been …

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Interview with Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Librarian

Posted by: Jeanine Cali

This week’s interview is with Robert Brammer, a Legal Reference Librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.  Robert recently co-authored the post, The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function?  Look for more posts by Robert going forward as he joins the In Custodia Legis blog …

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Civil War Military Trials

Posted by: Ruth Levush

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian and co-author of Being Well-Informed:  Congress.gov Training.  As the Library of Congress opens the exhibit The Civil War in America with 200+ unique treasures, there remain many more valuable Civil War collections available for researching and viewing.  The Law Library of Congress has several of …

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An Interview with Barbara Bavis, Legal Reference Librarian

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

This week’s interview is with Barbara Bavis, a Legal Reference Librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.  Barbara was a co-author of yesterday’s post on the electoral college and is joining the In Custodia Legis blog team – we look forward to reading more of her posts! Describe your background. I consider …

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The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function?

Posted by: Margaret Wood

The following is a guest post by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, both legal reference librarians in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. The 2012 Presidential election is projected to be close, and attention has turned to whether the Electoral College may diverge from the popular vote in shaping the outcome …

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Welcome to Our New Front Door: A Revamped Homepage

Posted by: Andrew Weber

David is enthusiastic about our redesigned homepage for the Law Library of Congress (see how I stuck a link to it in already?).  He provided a little background: As part of the Law Library of Congress’s Law.gov project the Law Library began reviewing its web presence. In June of this year, we launched an updated look with features to make the website …