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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

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!

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

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...

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...

Data Privacy Day ~ January 28, 2020

Data Privacy Day ~ January 28, 2020

Data Privacy Day is a global effort to "empower individuals and business to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust."  January 28 was recognized as Data Privacy Day by S. Res. 337, 113th Cong. (2014).  Get involved by taking simple steps to safeguard your own...

Eighteenth Amendment

Eighteenth Amendment

On January 16, 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified, after years of campaigning by prohibition proponents.  The amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale or distribution of "intoxicating liquors" within the United States.  The Volstead Act was passed later in...

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

The Jacob Burns Law Library wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season. The Law Library is open December 18 to December 20, 9:00am - 4:45pm.  The Law Library is closed for the University's Winter Holiday from Saturday, December 21, 2019, through January 1,...

Bill of Rights Ratified

Bill of Rights Ratified

On this day in 1791, the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified.  The Bill of Rights, as these Amendments came to be known, guaranteed personal liberties with the federal government.  The First Amendment alone included the right to...

200 Million and Counting

200 Million and Counting

In November 2019, a milestone was reached in the world of libraries and interlibrary resource sharing:  the submission of the 200 millionth request from a library to obtain a copy of an article needed by one of its faculty.  The library that placed that request was...

Rosa Parks Arrested:  December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks Arrested: December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to obey an Alabama law and city ordinance that required African Americans to sit at the back of the bus and to give up their seats on the bus to make room for white passengers.  Mrs. Parks was an active...

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