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

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....

The Nash & Cibinic Government Contracts Collection

The Nash & Cibinic collection encompassed seven titles focusing on different aspects of U.S. government contracts law.  The series was the brainchild of GW Law Professors Ralph Nash and John Cibinic, after finding practitioners were using their continuing...

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...
Realia Collection at the Jacob Burns Law Library

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

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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