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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Join Our Newest Crowdsourcing Campaign: Historical Legal Reports from the Law Library of Congress

In Custodia Legis: “Calling all students of history, government, law, public policy, international relations, and other interested members of the public – help us expand access to hundreds of previously unreleased legal reports and other publications from the Law Library of Congress dating back to the 1940s! We are excited to launch our second crowdsourcing campaign with By The People, entitled Historical Legal Reports from the Law Library of Congress. A major function of the Law Library of Congress is the preparation of reports on legal topics, with an emphasis on foreign, comparative, and international law, in response to requests from Congress, the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, and others. The Law Library has authored thousands of reports from the 1940s to the present, many of which are available through the Library’s print collection. Recently, the Law Library began a multi-year effort to digitize and publish some of our previously unreleased historical reports in order to make them fully accessible to researchers and other members of the public. Although this phase of the crowdsourcing campaign includes only a sample of the recently released reports, you can also browse the latest collection of digitized historical reports here in the Library’s digital collections framework. Reports in this campaign include recently digitized reports covering a wide range of legal topics from regions across the globe. The reports in this phase of the campaign mostly reflect legal research and analysis from the 1960s-1980s, with some exceptions. Broken down into 24 projects, such as Civil and Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Constitutional Issues, there is something for everyone in this collection. We hope to release many more historical reports through this campaign in the coming years…”

Zoom Court Is Changing How Justice Is Served

The Atlantic – “Last spring, as COVID‑19 infections surged for the first time, many American courts curtailed their operations. As case backlogs swelled, courts moved online, at a speed that has amazed—and sometimes alarmed—judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. In the past year, U.S. courts have conducted millions of hearings, depositions, arraignments, settlement conferences, and even… Continue Reading

Report – Biden staffing makes history

Axios: “President Biden put his Cabinet in place faster than any other administration since President Reagan, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel says in a report provided first to Axios. By the numbers: Biden has announced his intent to nominate 233 people for Senate-confirmed jobs — more nominees than any past administration at the… Continue Reading

Here Are 458 California Law Enforcement Agencies’ Policy Documents All in One Place

EFF: “At this moment in history, law enforcement agencies in the United States face a long-overdue reevaluation of their priorities, practices, and processes for holding police officers accountable for both unconscious biases and overt abuse of power. But any examination of law enforcement requires transparency first: the public’s ability to examine what those priorities, practices,… Continue Reading

A brief history of how it took almost 300 years to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fast Company – “By now you’ve probably heard that the pandemic has hit certain groups more than others. Women, particularly women of color, have lost a historic number of jobs, which has a ripple effect on the wage gap and the global economy overall. What’s less well known is that between March and August 2020… Continue Reading

A Courts-Focused Research Agenda for the DOJ

Brennan Center – Recommendations for the Justice Depart. research agenda “to shed more light on how to improve our nation’s vast system of local, state, and federal courts. Millions of individuals interact with the U.S. criminal and civil legal system every year. Many of them look to the courts to defend their rights and ensure… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 24, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 24, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Axios – Chauvin trial prosecution worked with strategic communications firm

Axios: “For most of the past year, a strategic communications firm with deep Washington ties has played an integral role for the prosecution in the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin — operating without pay and so under-the-radar that most of its own staff had no idea. The big picture: Finsbury Glover Hering — formerly… Continue Reading

Tips for Researching International Human Rights Case Law

Via Lyonette Louis-Jacques From the Reference Desk: Tips for Researching International Human Rights Case Law By Jonathan Pratter -“In the universe of international human rights documentation, case law has a special place. Human rights case law is human rights in action. It confronts general norms with concrete facts and requires a decision about whether or not… Continue Reading

The Library’s Furniture

Library Barbarian – Discourses in Academic Librarianship and Higher Ed – The Library’s Furniture – “…It is a not-so well-hidden truth that many makers of institutional furniture–including that which will replace the destroyed and vandalized desks of congress from the January 6 attack–comes from the underpaid and coerced labor of inmates in prison facilities. The… Continue Reading

King Cotton, the Munificent Slavery and (Under)development in the United States, 1789-1865

King Cotton, the Munificent Slavery and (Under)development in the United States, 1789-1865. Joseph A. Francis. Working Paper. April 2021. “Slavery made an important contribution to the development of the United States up to the Civil War. Slaves were were necessary for the country’s cotton boom because cotton was not sufficiently remunerative to attract yeoman farmers.… Continue Reading