Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.  Find out how you...

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week brings together libraries, booksellers, publishers and others interested in the freedom to read and to share ideas, even those that may be unpopular.  The theme for 2021 is "Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us." The Office of Intellectual Freedom...

Magna Carta

At Runnymeade, King John signed the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215.  The document was negotiated between the King and Barons of England after the Barons rebelled against increased taxes to fund the King's wars in France to retake lands lost to the King of France.  The...

Freedom of Information Day

March 16 is Freedom of Information Day, celebrated during Sunshine Week.  The date was chosen because it is the birth date of James Madison, considered the author of the Constitution who championed open government. Sunshine Week - Your Right to Know - is organized by...

Celebrating Black History Month: Researching Racism

racism (1903) 1. The belief that some races are inherently superior to other races. 2. Unfair treatment of people, often including violence against them, because they belong to a different race from one's own. — racist, adj. & n.   (Black's Law Dictionary (11th...
The Pursuit of Justice in Environmental and Energy Law

The Pursuit of Justice in Environmental and Energy Law

This past year GW Law celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of its Environmental and Energy Program which seeks to provide the next generation of environmental and energy lawyers with tools to deal with challenges facing the environment and its inhabitants....

Month of Macabre

Month of Macabre

October is one of my favorite months at the law library as it allows us to explore some of the stranger topics that the law covers.  From Zombies and the Law to the Salem Witch Trials, we have examined areas of law that get a bit less attention than Torts or...

The Nineteenth Amendment

The Nineteenth Amendment

Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920.  It was first introduced in Congress in 1878.  By 1912, nine states in the West - Wyoming being the first in 1890 - had already legislated for women to have the...

Congratulations to Our 2020 GW Law Grads!

Congratulations to Our 2020 GW Law Grads!

We wish you all the best in your new careers!  We're here for you as GW Law alumni.  Although we're not physically open at this time, we offer virtual services to our alumni. Ask us your research questions during our service hours Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 5:00pm...

Five Things to Know

Five Things to Know

Although the Jacob Burns Law Library is closed, we're here to help with our virtual services.  The library staff continue to work to help you with your legal research requests.   Here are five things to know: Our virtual desk is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, and...

The Nineteenth Amendment

27th Amendment Ratified May 7, 1992

The 27th Amendment requires that no change in compensation for a Representative or a Senator "shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened." The intent of the amendment was to prohibit sitting members of Congress from giving themselves...

Jacob Burns Law Library Operations and Covid-19

Jacob Burns Law Library Operations and Covid-19

Although the law library is closed, we are still here to help.  We're working remotely to answer your questions about legal research.  You can reach us: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday. Contact us: Email:  ask@law.gwu.libanswers.com Chat Text...

Single-Use Plastics & the Law

Single-Use Plastics & the Law

We're as excited about taking care of the environment here at GW Law as we are about the 50th anniversary of our International Environmental Law program!  Our latest display, "Single-Use Plastics & the Law," explores the impact of single-use plastics on the...

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