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Law Day 2019 Event: “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society”

In Custodia Legis - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:07pm

American Bar Association President Robert Carlson [Courtesy of the American Bar Association]

On May 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., the Law Library of Congress will present its annual Law Day event. Join Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez, in a conversation with American Bar Association President, Bob Carlson, for a discussion on this year’s Law Day topic, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

Please register for this event via Eventbrite.

The discussion will take place in Room LJ-119, located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. In addition, a collections display featuring items from the Law Library of Congress and the Serials and Government Document Division will be open at LJ-113 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Held annually on May 1, Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

This program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but registration is highly recommended.

For additional event information, please contact the Office of External Relations at

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Legal Research Report: European Union: Collection of Personal Data of Hotel Guests

Law Library of Congress: Research Reports - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:00am

The Law Library of Congress is proud to present the report, European Union: Collection of Personal Data of Hotel Guests. 

The Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement and the national implementing legislation in the European Union Member States requires business accommodations to see to it that foreign guests complete and sign registration forms and confirm their identity by producing a valid identity document. These registration forms must be made available to law enforcement agencies upon request if necessary for the fulfillment of their duties. Business accommodations must ensure that registration forms are safely and securely stored and cannot be accessed by unauthorized persons. They must be destroyed after a certain time.

This report is one of many prepared by the Law Library of Congress. Visit the Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports page for a complete listing of reports and the Current Legal Topics page for our highlighted and newer reports. 

Categories: Research & Litigation New, Tip, and Top for April 2019

In Custodia Legis - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 4:11pm

At the end of March, Andrew shared the update that included a new subcommittee filter that is available when you limit your research or results to a single Congress on a committee profile.

This month, we’re adding a “LIVE” icon to the homepage to indicate when a House committee hearing is available for you to watch as it happens.

The new “LIVE” icon indicates when House committee content is available for livestreaming.

New Enhancements for April 2019

Enhancement – House Committee Hearings Video – Live Indicator

  • You can tell at a glance when a House committee hearing is livestreaming by looking for the LIVE icon next to the Committee Hearings Video link under Current Legislative Activities on the homepage.

Search Tip

Adrienne brings us an advanced search tip.

Wildcard Search Operator

In, the asterisk (*) functions as a wildcard search operator, allowing you to find items that have data in a particular field. Finding bills that have been placed on the House or Senate calendar (i.e., eligible for floor consideration) is a useful application of this feature. Click here to learn more.

Most-Viewed Bills

The Most-Viewed Bills for the week of April 7, 2019 are listed below.  All of the legislation is from the current Congress.

1. H.R.1044 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 2. H.Res.109 Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. 3. H.R.1585 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 4. S.386 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 5. H.R.5 Equality Act 6. H.R.1 For the People Act of 2019 7. H.R.420 Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act 8. H.R.7 Paycheck Fairness Act 9. H.R.6 American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 10. H.R.1297 Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2019

Please share any feedback that you have on the linked form or leave a comment below.

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Barcelona’s Biblioteca Jaume Fuster – Pic of the Week

In Custodia Legis - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 8:39am

To celebrate National Library Week, I thought it would be great to highlight a library that I recently visited. I love seeing all of the libraries that people visit and share on In Custodia Legis. There has been such a wide range of institutions, including the New York Public Library, the New Mexico Supreme Court Library, the German National Library, the Trinity College Library in Dublin, the Buncombe Public Law Library in Asheville, and the University of Florida Law Library.

Before my recent trip to Barcelona, Spain, I read about the Biblioteca Jaume Fuster, which is architecturally renowned and houses one of the largest collections in the city with a special local history collection. I knew it would be a great stop on my visit. I was able to see it one evening during the trip.

The Waterfall in front of Biblioteca Jaume Fuster in Barcelona


Biblioteca Jaume Fuster

If you would like to see more, here are some photos and a quick video of the library.

Do you have a favorite library that you have visited? Or a favorite Pic of the Week library that you have seen on In Custodia Legis? Let us know in the comments below.

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Legal Research Reports: Israel: Legal Aspects of Ceding Israeli Territory

Law Library of Congress: Research Reports - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:00am

The Law Library of Congress is proud to present the report, Israel: Legal Aspects of Ceding Israeli Territory.

The Knesset (Israel’s parliament) has adopted several legislative measures that impose special requirements for the ratification and implementation of international agreements and unilateral plans for territorial concessions. The constitutional, procedural, and political effects of these legislative measures, however, are debatable.

This report is one of many prepared by the Law Library of Congress. Visit the Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports page for a complete listing of reports and the Current Legal Topics page for our highlighted and newer reports.

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Rare Book Video – A Legal Writ Handwritten by Abraham Lincoln

In Custodia Legis - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 8:30am

The latest installment in our Rare Book Video series features a legal writ handwritten by a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln in 1839.

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Law Library of Congress Reports Examine Israeli Legal Developments on Territorial Changes and on Freezing Revenues

In Custodia Legis - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 8:00am

A new peace proposal for resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is reportedly awaiting release following the upcoming Israeli national elections on April 9, 2019. Although details of the plan have not yet been released, some in the media have suggested various possible scenarios. For example, the peace proposal may or may not include a discussion on borders.

A Law Library of Congress report published in October 2018, Israel: Legal Aspects of Ceding Israeli Territory, identifies areas over which Israel has extended its laws and administration. The report analyzes legal requirements under Israeli law for the ratification and implementation of international agreements and unilateral plans for territorial concessions. It describes the evolution of these conditions and their significance and potential impact on the government’s ability to commit to territorial concessions.

Another report now available on the Law Library website, Israel: Law on Freezing Revenues Designated for Palestinian Authority (PA), analyzes a February 17, 2019, decision by the Israeli Defense Cabinet to freeze revenues transferred to the PA on a monthly basis in accordance with the Paris Protocol and Israeli domestic implementing legislation. This report provides information on a July 8, 2018, Israeli law that authorized the government to deduct amounts paid by the PA to terrorism operators and their families from its revenue transfers. The report addresses certain aspects of the legislation and its implementation, including the absence of an express authorization to use frozen funds for enforcement of judgments against terrorist act perpetrators or for furthering antiterrorism projects.

These reports, along with other foreign law research reports on the Law Library’s website provide information on the relevant legal frameworks, specific legal developments, and the enforcement of legal instruments adopted in surveyed countries. You may search the Current Legal Topics or Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports for additional reports on developments in Israel’s or other countries’ laws. Please also visit our Global Legal Monitor (GLM) for legal news and developments worldwide. We update the GLM frequently and draw on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources.

To receive alerts when any new reports are published, you can subscribe to email updates and the RSS feed for Law Library Reports (click the “subscribe” button on the Law Library’s website).

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