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Congressional Voting Records: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Barbara Bavis

For the next installment of the Beginner’s Guide series, I turn to a subject that is of recurring interest to our patrons—how to find congressional voting records (also called roll call information). This topic presents more challenges than may be readily apparent, because researchers must not only determine what resources cover the period of time …

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On Despising English Liberties and Other Wisdom from the Founders

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the first written constitution in American history, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which took place on January 14, 1639. The Fundamental Orders outlined the form of government that would be established over the Connecticut River Towns, enumerating its powers and describing the duties of citizens active in government. A fascinating document …

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New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian of Congress

Posted by: Donna Sokol

The following is a guest post by David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress.  He has previously guest posted Justifying Speed, Food for Thought,  Another Trip Down Memory Lane, 2012 Burton Awards – Pic of the Week, Shreddy: From the Office of the Law Librarian – Pic of the Week,  From the Desk of the Law Librarian, The Law …

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Another Lame Duck Congress: the Last Days of the 112th Congress

Posted by: Margaret Wood

Congress is once again in a lame duck session.  The Senate’s Virtual Reference Desk Glossary website defines a lame duck session as: When Congress (or either chamber) reconvenes in an even-numbered year following the November general elections to consider various items of business. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next …

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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 …