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The Law Library of Congress provides webinars and onsite classes to give patrons an introduction to legal sources, research techniques, and legal issues in US and foreign, comparative, and international law. Monthly classes are also available to provide an introduction to the collections and services specific to the Law Library of Congress to patrons who are familiar with legal research.

The Law Library of Congress also hosts yearly and biennial lectures on various legal topics.

Recent News

Law students from Nepal and Bangladesh Visit Law Library

On Wednesday, April 3, the Law Library hosted a group of 20 law students from Nepal and Bangladesh, sponsored by the Department of Justice. The group was in Washington for the International Jessup Law Competition. The group was greeted by Assistant Law Librarian for Collections Jay Sweany and received an overview of the Law Library’s foreign and comparative law by foreign law specialist Tariq Ahmad before being escorted to the Jefferson Building for a self-guided tour.

Law Library and CRS Host Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel Immigration Attorneys

On Thursday, April 4, the Law Library in collaboration with CRS hosted 11 Immigration Attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel. The group received a greeting by the Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut, followed by an introduction to CRS and the services they provide to Congress by Hillel Smith and his team. After the presentation on CRS, bibliographic and research instruction librarian Barbara Bavis showed the group how to do conduct research regarding immigration using the Law Library’s collection items and Taylor Gulatsi provided the group with a tour of the Law Library Reading Room.

Taiwan Delegation Visits Manuscript Division and Law Library

On Monday, March 18, the Law Library and the Manuscript Division hosted 15 guests from Pingtung County, Taiwan, including Mayor Chou Chun-mi. The group visited the Library to view documents about an 1867 agreement between the United States and 18 tribes south of Liangkiau facilitated by army officer and diplomat Charles Le Gendre. The Charles William Le Gendre Papers, maintained in the Manuscript Division, include correspondence, memoranda, dispatches, reports, Chinese and Japanese documents, a travel journal, and a draft of a multivolume book by an unknown author. MSS reference librarian Loretta Deaver and head of reference and reader services Kerrie Cotten Williams displayed journals from the collection that recount Le Gendre’s travels and interactions with tribal leaders. Beth Osborne, chief of the Law Library’s Public Services Division, and senior legal reference librarian Louis Myers displayed a copy of Le Gendre’s report to Congress in the US Serial Set housed in the Law Collection and also available in HathiTrust at https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3985151&seq=1018.

A Conversation with Frederic and Molly Kellogg about the Kellogg Lecture in Jurisprudence

The Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut interviewed Frederic and Molly Kellogg about what inspired them to create the Biennial Kellogg Lecture in Jurisprudence. See the interview here.

Foreign Legal Gazette Collection Addition

The Official Gazette of the Republic of Chile was released on March 21 and is now available online in the Foreign Legal Gazettes in the Law Library of Congress collection comprising 3,115 new issues, with coverage spanning 1976-2011. The number of foreign legal gazette issues on the website now numbers 31,993 issues representing 30 jurisdictions.

More details on our News & Events are available in the Law Library blog In Custodia Legis.

Previously Highlighted News and Events

Foreign Legal Gazette Updates

The Official Gazette of the Argentine Republic was released on February 12 and is now available online in the Foreign Legal Gazettes in the Law Library of Congress collection comprising 3,295 new issues, with coverage spanning 1952-1979. The number of foreign legal gazette issues on the website now numbers 28,878 issues representing 29 jurisdictions in total.

The Law Library released two gazettes in December, bringing the number of foreign legal gazette issues on the website to 25,583 issues representing 25 jurisdictions in total:

Library Hosts German Bundestag Delegation

The delegation from Bundestag (the German equivalent of the US House of representatives) was in town on March 5, to learn about the Congressional Research Service and other ways the Library works with Congress. The Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG) team outlined the involvement of the Law Library, the Kluge Center and Congressional Loan, as examples of direct interaction with members of Congress, and spoke to our support of Congressional caucuses, events, constituents, and projects. The discussion was strategically wide-ranging, touching on international acquisitions, copyright, funding, the decline in onsite use, the increased costs of electronic resources, and building relationships between the library and the parliament.

In the Law Library’s part of presentation, Senior Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley and Assistant Law Librarian for Legal Research Peter Roudik spoke about the Law Library’s mission, its unparalleled collection, and how foreign law materials in the Law Library’s collection are used to serve needs of American legislators. Guests were presented with samples of Law Library’s research products for Congress and they were interested in learning about research techniques and methodologies used by foreign law specialists and reference librarians in the Law Library in responding to Congressional inquiries, as well as in Congressional outreach and instructional efforts.

Law Library Hosts Civil Air Patrol Members

On February 28, the Law Library hosted approximately 20 Civil Air Patrol members for an introduction to Law Library services and collections by Assistant Law Librarian for Legal Research Peter Roudik. It was followed by a presentation on the Law Library’s military legal resources and how to conduct research at the Law Library by bibliographic and research instruction librarian Barbara Bavis. With the assistance of the Visitor Engagement Office, the group also received a guided tour of the Jefferson Building.

Albanian Lawmakers, Pepperdine Delegation Visit Law Library of Congress

On January 29, the Law Library hosted a delegation of Albanian lawmakers, with 4 guests in attendance, as part of a Library-wide tour provided by the Latin America, Caribbean and European (LACE) division. The Law Library’s staff provided a display of Albanian modern collection items and a tour of the Reading Room. Two days later, on January 31, a delegation of law students and professors from Pepperdine Caruso School of Law also visited the Law Library. This group was provided group with a brief overview of Law Library collections and services followed by a presentation on conducting research, a rare books display, and a tour of the Jefferson building. We look forward to their next visit.

Law Library Staff Visits GPO; Collaboration Continues on Serial Set Digitization

Back in November, at the kind invitation of Superintendent of Documents Scott Matheson, a group of the Law Library employees visited the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and participated in a tour of the printing operations with Production Manager Abe Sussan.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Law Library are partners in one of the main digitization projects - the U.S. Congressional Serial Set digitization, which just entered its fifth and final year. This project is an amazing collaborative effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set back to the first volume, published in 1817 (15th Congress) through 1995 (103rd Congress). The Law Library of Congress is inventorying and digitizing the Serial Set, and the GPO is cataloging each Serial Set document and authenticating the digital files.

The Library of Congress is providing free public access to the Serial Set on its website, loc.gov, and GPO will upload volumes of the official Serial Set in phases for free public access on govinfo. The digitization of volumes is expected to be completed in Fiscal 2024. Work continues to increase the number of items available and serial presentation for this amazing collection.

Presentation for Law Library Community

Jennifer González, a Legal Information Specialist in the Digital Resources Division, co-presented a two-part series on Project Management in Libraries with the Associate Director of the Law Library at George Mason University, Morgan Stoddard, for the Legal information Preservation Alliance (LIPA), the Mid-Atlantic Law Library Consortium (MALLCO), the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), and the Research Instruction & Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Hosting at US and International Levels

During last couple of months, the Law Library had an honor of hosting multiple delegations from the U.S. and from abroad, including students’ delegation from the American University, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program participants, and a delegation of law librarians from the Montgomery County Circuit Court’s Law Library. The international visitors included DOJ/OPDAT sponsored Indonesian legal delegation, the State Department’s hosted Slovakian Justice delegation, Nigerian National Assembly delegation, and a judicial delegation from Albania. They received an overview of Law Library collections and services and tour of the Law Library’s Reading Room.

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