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Zombies and the Law

October 28, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, the Jacob Burns Law Library presents “Zombies and the Law” in our first floor display case.  We explore Haitian law aimed at criminalizing the process of zombification, the use of zombie terminology to explain complex legal theory, and some issues that the law would face in light of a zombie apocalypse.  Included in the display are a number of law review articles, a scan of the Criminal Code of Haiti (1883), and a book from our collection, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti.

Come take a look before finals take over your brrraaaaiiiins…..

Open Access Week, Oct. 20 – 26, 2014

October 20, 2014
Open Access 2014

Open Access Week is a global event, promoting the  free and immediate access online to scholarly research.  Organized by SPARC, libraries and research institutions around the world participate in hosting events.  SPARC is an “international alliance of academic and research libraries working together to create a more open system of scholarly communication.”  George Washington University is a full member of SPARC.


Title 52 U.S.C.

October 16, 2014

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel recently consolidated election and voting related provisions of the United States Code into Title 52, Elections and Voting.  Subtitles of Title 52 are Voting Rights (§§10101 to 10702), Voting Assistance and Election Administration (§§20101 to 201145), and Federal Campaign Finance (§§§§30101 to 30146).

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is an independent office within the House of Representatives, established under 2 U.S.C. §285 et seq.  The Office is charged to be impartial and legislative policy questions are referred to the House.  The Law Revision Counsel is appointed by  the Speaker of the House “without regard to party affiliation.”

Stop. Think. Connect

October 1, 2014

We’re now using smart phones, tablets, and mobile devices that were nonexistent even 10 years ago.  We’re posting information about ourselves to share with the world.  Find out how to protect your digital life.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Learn ways to stay safe and secure while online and do your part for cyber security.

GW is offering sessions all month on ways to be safe online.  Visit to find out more information about cyber security and how you can help.

We the People

September 16, 2014
U.S. Constitution

Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the United States Constitution.  Signed in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on September 17, 1787 , the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Adopted in 1777 and ratified in 1781, the Articles created a confederation of sovereign states.  However, after the end of the Revolutionary War, it became apparent that a stronger central government was needed.  Twelve states sent delegates to the constitutional convention, but Rhode Island boycotted the convention.

Delaware was the first to ratify, but others, notably Massachusetts, held out for a promise that amendments would be added to guarantee the various rights, including freedom of religion, speech and the press.  Once ratified by nine states, it was agreed that the new form of government would be effective on March 4, 1789, with the first session of Congress in New York.  George Washington was inaugurated as our first President on April 30, 1789.  The Supreme Court met for the first time on February 2, 1790.

During its first term, Congress passed  the Judiciary Act of 1789, which established the lower federal courts.

Test your knowledge of the Constitution by taking the Constitution Daily’s Pop Quiz.

The Richard and Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015

September 3, 2014
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GW Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015.

The Cummins Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support short-term historical research using Special Collections at GW’s Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections, especially its French Collection. Special Collections also is distinguished by its holdings in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, international law, and its many incunabula. The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LLM, or SJD candidate; postdoctoral researcher; faculty member; or independent scholar. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography.

The deadline for submission of applications is October 15, 2014.

More information about the Cummins Grant is available here.

Information about our Special Collections at the Jacob Burns Law Library is available here.

National Book Festival, August 30 from 10am to 10pm

August 25, 2014
2014 Book Festival

Celebrate the book with a day and a night of book readings, author signings and special entertainment.  The 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival moves inside this year to the Washington Convention Center.

Highlights include:

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is scheduled to interview her brother, H. Alan Day, and Lynn Wiese Sneyd, who co-wrote The Horse Lover:  A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs.

E. L. Doctorow, this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, will be interviewed by Marie Arana.

Doris Kearns Goodwin will be interviewed by David Rubinstein.  Her latest book is The Bully Pulpit:  Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, won a Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995 for No Ordinary Time:  Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:  The Home Front in World War II.


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