Freedom of Information Day

Freedom of Information Day, celebrated annually on March 16, promotes public access to government information and the public’s right to know.  Held during Sunshine Week, the day also celebrates the birth of our fourth President, James Madison (1751-1836).  Madison is...

Did You Know Batgirl Was a Librarian?

The "Superheroes and the Law" display at the Jacob Burns Law Library answers that question as it explores the relationship between comic books and the legal profession. The display features six famous Superheroes and Villains who were all attorneys. Read how Matt...

Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week 2019: February 25 – March 1

Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week, coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (of which GW is a member), is “an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions.” Fair use and fair...

Realia Collection at the Jacob Burns Law Library

Why Does the GW Law Library Collect Realia? Physical objects offer an unexpected and memorable dimension to the narrative of GW Law’s history and culture, and to themes and authors represented in the Law Library’s collections.  They bring to life aspects of an event,...

The Laws of Misfit Toys

December is a time for magic, especially for the children among us. While they may wish for toys to come to life like Clara’s did in The Nutcracker, we sometimes find that toys take on a not-so-pleasant life of their own. Our latest display, The Laws of Misfit Toys,...
The Reinheitsgebot (The German Beer Purity Law)

The Reinheitsgebot (The German Beer Purity Law)

Fall is the season of Oktoberfest and beer festivals and to toast the season, the Burns Law Library has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law adopted in Bavaria in 1516.  Considered to be the oldest in force brewing law, the...

United Nations Day, Oct. 24

United Nations Day, Oct. 24

Today celebrates the entry in force of the United Nations Charter.  The Charter is the foundation document for the international organization, reaffirming fundamental human rights of citizens and a commitment to equality for men and women and "countries large and...

Stop.  Think.  Connect.

Stop. Think. Connect.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Beware of theft, fraud and cyber crime, secure your key accounts and devices, and actively manage your privacy. You can do your part for cyber security by...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read:  Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

Observe Banned Books Week this week, September 23-29.  Banned Books Week draws attention to attempts at censorship by restricting access to books across the country.  Sponsors for the week include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association,...

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

Spread the Joy of Reading! Join the 2018 National Book Festival on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Festival includes visits with many authors.  A presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia...

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome! New to law school? The Law Library — your library — has a number of materials to help you succeed, including our online guides about services to law students:  the Burns Law Library Welcome Guide and Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library  Our research...

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Today, May 1, is Law Day, "an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued...



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National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

Sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types, National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958.  This year's theme - Libraries Lead - focuses on the role that libraries play in their communities.  Libraries are at the forefront of...

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The Burns Brief library blog shares timely information about services, events and resources provided by the Jacob Burns Law Library. This blog also communicates relevant law-related and library-related topics germane to greater GW Law Library community.



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