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The Laws of Burgos: 500 Years of Human Rights

Posted by: Francisco Macías

As Connie Johnson mentioned in a post earlier this month, the Law Library commemorated Human Rights Day this year by hosting an engaging panel discussion. In keeping with the theme of human rights, I thought it fitting to highlight a historic set of legal instruments that capture a case of well-meaning reaction against a historical …

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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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Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick Speaks at Constitution Day Event

Posted by: Jeanine Cali

In celebration of Constitution Day (September 17), the Law Library welcomed Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine who presented a lecture titled “Supreme Court Review: Election Year Issues and Highlights of the Last Term.”  The event was held on Monday, September 24 in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. Lithwick’s …

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The State of What?? U.S. States that Never Made the Cut

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

New Jersey was once “the Two Jerseys” (East and West). Kentucky started out as Virginia’s backyard.  Connecticut once harbored imperial dreams—claiming a Western Reserve that stretched all the way to the banks of the Mississippi. The shapes of our States have a complex and unexpected history.  It’s easy to forget that history owes a debt to …

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Garnets: The Beauty and Utility of a Gem

Posted by: Francisco Macías

Because many of my ancestors were jewelers, I have always had a special interest in gemology and jewelry.  This month, since garnet is the official birthstone of January, I felt that it was apropos to dedicate some time to this semiprecious stone and mineral. It seems that the American National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of …

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Discovering the Constitution of Cadiz

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Ángel García, a summer intern in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center. March 19, 2012, will be the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of Cádiz.  Seizing on the opportunity while interning at the Law Library of Congress, I asked the rare book technician, Nathan Dorn, to find …