Tuesday, September 17 is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Pursuant to 36 U.S.C. §106, September 17 is designated as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day”, and under 36 U.S.C. §108, the President is requested to “designate the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 as ‘Constitution Week.’”
Useful resources about the U.S. Constitution include:
- American Memory (Library of Congress) Find documents from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention (1774-1789), includes images of original documents and related materials.
- Founder’s Constitution (University of Chicago Press) Provides links to historical documents related to the development of the Constitution.
- LII: CRS Annotated Constitution Prepared by the Congressional Research Service, provides links to Supreme Court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations.
- National Archives Images of original documents and historical information.
Wednesday, August 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Among the far reaching impact of this event was helping to pave the way for two significant legal changes: ratification of the Twenty Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (passed by Congress August 27, 1962, ratified January 23, 1964) which outlawed the poll tax, and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, desegregating public institutions and prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion.
In addition to the information about this anniversary that will be available from traditional news sources, here are few other resources that may be of interest:
These are just a few of the more than 30 “law school survival guides” available in the library, on reserve. Please take a look at the circulation desk display.
Fall Regular Hours Aug. 11 – Nov. 26
Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Mon.-Thurs. 8:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 10:00pm
As the summer continues, you might find some useful tips in these resources on the Bloomberg Law homepage:
The law library staff had two attendees at today’s terrific D.C. Bar event, The Supreme Court: The View from the Press Gallery. The all-star panel included: Robert Barnes (Washington Post), Joan Biskupic (Reuters), Jesse Holland (Associated Press), Adam Liptak (New York Times), Tony Mauro (Gannett), David Savage (Los Angeles Times), and moderator Arthur Spitzer (ACLU).
In addition to the anticipated discussion of some of the major Supreme Court decisions of the October 2012 term, the panel offered some interesting tidbits/quips about the Court, including:
- Lawyers arguing a conservative position especially worry about questions from Justice Kagan, those arguing a liberal position get some of the toughest questions from Justice Alito.
- The press views Justice Kagan as one of the Court’s best writers.
- Each year Justice Scalia dissents at least once from the bench. He spoke for 13 minutes about the DOMA case.
- Justice Alito can’t keep a poker face. Reminiscent of the 2010 State of the Union Address, he shook his head and rolled his eyes while Justice Ginsburg gave an oral dissent in the voting rights case.
- Successful Supreme Court litigators need to field many questions at once and answer them in order of seniority.
- There are 36 possible pairs of justices who can vote together. The three female justices vote with each other 93 percent of the time.
- No technology is permitted in the courtroom, so Tom Goldstein from SCOTUSbllog has to write in the Court cafeteria.
- The running of the interns onto the Court plaza with copies of opinions for the press was new this year.
- While it appears from the news reports that protesters are often at the Court, in fact they are currently prohibited from protesting on the Supreme Court Plaza.
C-Span’s recording of this event will be available in the C-Span Library (“Reporters Weigh in on Supreme Court Decisions”).
The law library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.The library will reopen on Saturday, July 6 at 10 am.
Enjoy the holiday!
The law library has a number of books that may be of interest to newer grads and practitioners covering topics including: career success, workplace tips, alternative careers, and advice for job seekers. Currently many of these titles are on display at the circulation desk.
GMUSL ’13 graduates may check out books from the law library until September 30 .