March 19, 2007 Law Library of Congress and Tufts University To Present Mock Congressional Oversight Committee Hearing on March 22

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022

WHAT: The Law Library of Congress and Tufts University will present a Mock Congressional Oversight Committee Hearing. The theme is “Inherent Presidential Powers and the Constitution: National Security, Personal Liberty and the Matter of National Security Agency Eavesdropping.”

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; reception to follow

<strong?WHERE: Montpelier Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building,101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

WHO: Students from Tufts University, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy will play the role of senators and witnesses in the debate. The hearing will be led by Louis Fisher, constitutional law expert and senior special assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required. Contact Alisa Carrel at [email protected], (202) 707-9838.

BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Law Library of Congress and Tufts University inaugurated the Mock Committee Hearings, a cooperative activity in which the Law Library facilitates the opportunity for students from Tufts Institute of Global Leadership and other institutions to participate in an educational program designed to challenge the students’ understanding of topical legal issues and congressional procedure.

This year, the Law Library of Congress is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding through legislation enacted on July 14, 1832. Today the Law Library’s collection exceeds 2.5 million volumes. For more information about the Law Library, visit the Web site at


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