Friday, November 16, 2018

LWI One-Day Workshop at the University of Illinois

The Legal Writing Institute is holding one-day workshops across the country in late November and early December. One of the many sites will be at the University of Illinois College of Law on December 1, 2018. Click here for details of the program.

Hat tip to Rummana Alam.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

LWI One-Day Workshop at Chapman on November 30

Chapman Law SchoolOn November 30, 2018, the Chapman University Fowler School of Law is hosting a Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, #amwriting: Reaching the Next Generation of Legal Writers.

The workshop will include a practitioner panel and presentations on topics including teaching and reaching law students in the post-millennial generation, maintaining empathy while keeping students accountable, and helping students cultivate a professional identity online.

The conference schedule, as well as registration and travel information, is available by clicking here.

Hat tip to Prof. Abigail Patthoff, Professor of Legal Writing at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Early Bird Rate for the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) will hold its 2019 annual meeting in New Orleans from January 2-6, 2019. Early bird registration rates are good until November 14. Visit the AALS Annual Meeting website to see the program and to register. Remember also to register for the Luncheon for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Law in the Post-Truth Era: Legal Writing Professors Participate in Law Review Symposium at Washburn

Several legal writing professors participated in the annual symposium of the Washburn Law Journal. Participants included Professors Cara Cunningham Warren (University of Detroit Mercy School of Law), Joy Kanwar (Brooklyn Law School), Cathern Koehlert-Page (Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law), Teri McMurtry-Chubb (Mercer University School of Law), and Anne Mullins (Stetson University College of Law). The symposium theme was "Law in the Post-Truth Era."

 

Hat tip to Emily Grant
 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Save the Date: 2019 ALWD Conference in Boston

The 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will be held May 29-31, 2019 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. The theme of the conference will be "Time for Transformative Leadership: Teaching and Learning."
 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Save the Date: 2019 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference

Save the Date! The seventh Applied Legal Storytelling Conference will be held July 9-11, 2019 at the University of Colorado.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

LWI One-Day Workshop on November 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh

The Legal Writing Institute will hold a One-Day Workshop at University of Pittsburgh School of Law on Friday, November 30, 2018. The program is called "Leveraging Technology in the Legal Writing Classroom to Prepare Law Students for Practice." 

Register for the conference through LWI here. The conference schedule, as well as travel information, is available here

Hat tip to Leigh Argentieri Coogan, Visiting Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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LWI One-Day Workshop in Louisville on December 8, 2018: Have Mercy on Your Audience

The University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is hosting a one-day workshop on December 8.  The registration link is here.

The theme of the Louisville workshop is Have Mercy: Showing Empathy for Your Audience. This theme encompasses having empathy for our students and our communities, as well as teaching our students to do the same in their writing and future work. 

Presentations will include:

  • assessing client counseling in doctrinal exams
  • having empathy in a deadline-driven practice
  • strategies for reaching diverse audiences
  • incorporating social justice concepts into legal writing classes
  • the importance of using gender neutral pronouns in the legal writing classroom
  • helping bashful students succeed in oral advocacy

 

A special hotel rate is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport. Contact the hotel and ask for the "Legal Writing Institute" block. The cutoff date for our rate is November 7, 2018. 

 

Hat tip to Dr. JoAnne Sweeney at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

 

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Teri McMurtry-Chubb to be Distinguished Legal Writing Visitor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Teri McMurtty-ChubbThe Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School announced that Professor Teri McMurtry-Chubb will be a distinguished visitor during the 2019-20 academic year. 

During her year-long visit, Professor McMurtry-Chubb will teach two of the courses in JMLS’s required four-semester LS curriculum, including Lawyering Skills I.  She will also teach a seminar in Critical Race Feminism, a special master class in legal writing, and two pedagogy workshops for JMLS faculty. 

Prof. McMurtry-Chubb is Professor of Law at Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law where she researches, teaches, and writes in the areas of discourse analysis, genre analysis, and legal history.  She has lectured nationally on structural workplace discrimination, disproportionate sentencing for African Americans, racial and gender inequalities in post-secondary education, and African diasporic cultural forms. She is the author of Legal Writing in the Disciplines: A Guide to Legal Writing Mastery (Carolina Academic Press 2012) and contributed to Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2016).

Professor McMurtry-Chubb is also a member of the Board of Directors of Scribes--The American Society of Legal Writers.

Before entering the legal academy, Professor McMurtry-Chubb practiced in the areas of insurance defense, employment discrimination, and employee benefits involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  She was the first person of color to join her former law firm in Des Moines, Iowa.  She was the first African American woman law clerk for the 5th Judicial District of Iowa. In 2016, she was the first woman of color to serve as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Professor McMurtrty-Chubb is the second distinguished legal writing visitor to be hosted at The John Marshall Law School. The inaugural visitor was Professor Sophie Sparrow of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Hat tip to Kim Chanbonpin (Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School and Immediate Past President of the Legal Writing Institute).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Seeks Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

Here's a reminder that the John Marshall Law School in Chicago is looking for one or two full-time visiting faculty members for the Spring 2019 semester. The school needs coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure (evening course), Secured Transactions, and Estates & Trusts. The appointment is for one semester, but it will be seeking visitors for the 2019–2020 academic year in these areas plus some combination of Evidence, Criminal Law, and Property.

Candidates should have taught full-time at an ABA-approved law school.

To Apply:

Submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at 7sorkin@jmls.edu. The review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until one or both positions are filled. The school may request a Skype or in-person interview and submission of prior teaching evaluations.

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ASU Congratulates Judy Stinson and Kim Holst

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law mailed out a postcard to congratulate Professor Judy Stinson, who has been awarded a Distinguished Professorship in Legal Method, a fully-endowed $1 million professorship. ASU also congratulated Professor Kim Holst who began her term as President-elect of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors. Had they waited a little longer to do the post card, they could have also congratulated Charles Calleros on winning the AALS Section Award.

ASU will be the site for the 2019 Global Legal Skills Conference, which will be held December 12-14, 2019. Somehow the GLS conference organizers thought that everyone would be o.k. with going to Phoenix in December . . . .

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of the Hispanic Division

The Library of Congress appointed Suzanne Schadl, academic expert in Latin American studies, as chief of the Hispanic Division. Schadl has more than 16 years of teaching and library experience. Schadl was curator of the Latin American collections at the University of New Mexico (2008-2018), where she managed Latin American, Iberian and U.S. Latino acquisitions, related library instruction and community outreach. Prior to this work, Schadl was director of the Gerald and Betty Ford Library at The Bosque School, assistant professor of history at Roanoke College and lecturer in history at the University of Texas in Austin.

Schadl holds a doctorate in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She is active in the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, serving most recently as president. Also notable is her board participation at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (2014-2018) and the New Mexico Humanities Council (2016-2018).

The Hispanic Reading Room, established in 1936, is the first international reading room of the Library of Congress and the center for Latin American, Iberian, Caribbean and US Hispanic and Latino Studies and related areas. The Division prepares the annual research tool “The Handbook of Latin American Studies,” available in print form and online. The Division also houses the Archived of Hispanic Literature. For more information, visit loc.gov/rr/hispanic/.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Adapted from a Press Release from the Library of Congress

 

October 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Seeks Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks one or two full-time visiting faculty members for the Spring 2019 semester. The school needs coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure (evening course), Secured Transactions, and Estates & Trusts. The appointment is for one semester, but the school will be seeking visitors for the 2019–2020 academic year in these areas plus some combination of Evidence, Criminal Law, and Property.

Candidates should have taught full-time at an ABA-approved law school.

To Apply:

Submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at 7sorkin@jmls.edu. The review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until one or both positions are filled. The school may request a Skype or in-person interview and submission of prior teaching evaluations.

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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October 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nominations for the 2018 Global Legal Skills Awards

The 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference in Melbourne, Australia will include award presentations to individuals, institutions, law schools, law firms, publishers, and other organizations that have advanced global legal skills education around the world. The awards continue the award presentations made in Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

A full list of prior recipients is available at https://glsc.jmls.edu/2018/gls-awards/.

There is no particular nomination form – a simple email is enough to nominate a person or an institution for a GLS Award. The awards will be presented at Melbourne Law School during the GLS-13 conference, which takes place from December 9-12, 2018. Winners need not be present, but it's always nicer for everyone if they are there.

There ere four award categories:

  • Individual Winners; This category recognizes individuals around the world who have made significant contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills.
  • Scholarship and Book Awards: This category recognizes exceptional books and articles that advance the teaching of global legal skills, including new casebooks and texts for lawyers and law students.
  • Law Firms and Other Institutional Winners: This category recognizes companies, professional associations, law firms, and other organizations around the world that give special support for global legal skills. The names of persons accepting these law firm and institutional awards are in parentheses.
  • Law School Winners: This category recognizes law schools around the world that give special attention to and support for global legal skills.

Please send your nominations for one or more of the categories to global.legal.skills.awards@gmail.com by November 15, 2018. Include a paragraph about why the person, institution, law firm, law school, publisher, or other organization is worthy of an award. We will contact you if we need additional information. Nominations not selected in a particular year will be carried forward to the following year.

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October 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Terrill Pollman to Receive the 2019 Blackwell Award

Terrill PollmanProfessor Terrill Pollman of the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has been named as the recipient of the 2019 Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing.

The award is jointly conferred by the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) to recognize a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of Legal Writing by demonstrating:

  • an ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence;
  • a willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs; and
  • an ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.

This Blackwell Award honors the late Professor Thomas Blackwell (Appalachian Law School), who was killed by a disturbed student in January 2002. Professor Blackwell was an active member of both the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and the organizations joined together to present the award in his memory. The award in the past has included a desk lamp, a symbol of the light that Tom Blackwell shed on his students and a reminder of his penchant for lightbulb jokes. [How many legal writing teachers does it take to change a lightbulb? We wish that we had the resources to change the lightbulb.]

Professor Pollman will join this list of 16 previous recipients of the Blackwell Award:

  • 2019: Terrill Pollman, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  • 2018: Ian Gallacher, Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2017: Melissa H. Weresh, Drake University
  • 2016: Coleen Miller Barger, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law.
  • 2015: Helene Shapo, Northwestern University
  • 2014: Jan Levine, Duquesne University School of Law
  • 2013: Judy Stinson, Arizona State University
  • 2012: Suzanne Rowe, University of Oregon
  • 2011: Carol McCrehan Parker, University of Tennessee
  • 2010: Steve Johansen, Lewis & Clark
  • 2009: Linda Edwards, Mercer Law
  • 2008: Diana Pratt, Wayne State University
  • 2007: Louis Sirico, Villanova Law School
  • 2006: Mary Beth Beazley, The Ohio State University (now at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas)
  • 2005: Ralph Brill, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2004: Pam Lysaght, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • 2003: Richard K. Neumann, Hofstra University

Professor Pollman was on the founding faculty of the law school at UNLV. She teaches in the areas of Lawyering Process, Persuasion, Negotiation, and Leadership and Law. She is a past president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Managing Editor of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Her scholarship focuses on legal writing, pedagogy and rhetoric. She is an author of Examples and Explanations: Legal Writing. She graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law where she was an articles editor of the Arizona Law Review and an Ares Fellow. She also directed legal writing programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stetson University College of Law.

The Blackwell Award Reception will be held at in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday evening, January 4, 2019 during the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). You do not need to register for the AALS Annual Meeting in order to attend the Blackwell Award Reception.

Hat tips to Jodi L. Wilson, President of ALWD, and Kristen K. Tiscione, President of LWI.

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October 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Charles Calleros to Receive 2019 AALS Section Award

Charles CallerosCharles Calleros, Professor and Alan A. Matheson Fellow in Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Charles has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Association of American Law Schools Section Award for the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal research and writing. It has sometimes been referred to as the lifetime achievement award in legal writing. The award was created in 1995 and conferred for the first time at the 1996 AALS Annual Meeting.

As the award announcement notes, Charles is one of the legends of legal writing. More than 35 years after he started teaching at ASU, he remains actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service (not to mention being the drummer in a rhythm and blues band). From the publication of his first-generation legal writing text, Legal Method and Writing, now in its Calleros Flamenco Dancing8th edition, to his use of the flamenco guitar to illustrate teaching principles, Charles brings a distinctively thoughtful and engaging perspective to explain and illuminate difficult topics of legal communication.

Many legal writing professors have experienced his "dance lessons" at conferences such as the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy. We are happy to share here some rare Charles Calleros flamenco and drumming photos that have not been seen before on his blog or on the legal writing listserve. The black and white photo (right) is of Charles Calleros flamenco dancing with the Lydia Torea Spanish Dance Company. The other dance photo is of Charles dancing "sometime in the 1980s."

Calleros Flamenco 1980sHis colleagues at ASU and across the country praise his warmth, generous spirit, and kindness; he “unfailingly models cheerful, nonjudgmental inclusiveness.” Charles has been a constant champion of diversity in legal education, and he has long been engaged with a variety of organizations that assist and embrace law students of color.

His work has taken place within the academy (e.g., AALS, LSAC, CLEO) and within the practicing bar (e.g., Hispanic National Bar Association). Charles’s significant lifetime contributions to the field of legal writing have greatly enriched law teaching and legal education.

 

The 2019 AALS Section award will be presented to Charles Calleros at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans during the luncheon for the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. That luncheon on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. is a ticketed event. Tickets should be purchased when registering for the AALS Annual Meeting. We do not know if the luncheon will include live drumming or flamenco dancing on the table tops, but we'll be ready with a camera in case it happens.

Calleros Repeat-OffendersThe award recipient is selected from nominations submitted to the section. The AALS Section Awards Committee is co-chaired by Linda Berger and Rebekah Hanley and the members are Mary Algero, Annie Chan, Raúl Fernández-Calienes, Darby Dickerson, Deleith Gossett, Dana Hill, Jan Levine, Kathryn Mercer, Terry Pollman, and Ursula Weigold.

Here is the full list of winners of the AALS Section Award:

  • 1996 - Mary Lawrence (Oregon)
  • 1997 - Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent)
  • 2002 - Helene Shapo (Northwestern)
  • 2003 - Laurel Currie Oates (Seattle)
  • 2005 - Marilyn Walter (Brooklyn)
  • 2006 - Terri LeClerq (Texas)
  • 2007 - Anne Enquist (Seattle)
  • 2008 - Eric Easton (Baltimore)
  • 2009 - Richard K. Neumann, Jr. (Hofstra)
  • 2010 - Joe Kimble (Thomas Cooley)
  • 2011 - Elizabeth Fajans (Brooklyn)
  • 2012 - Susan Brody (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago) and Mary Barnard Ray (Wisconsin) [two winners that year]
  • 2013 - Terrill Pollman (UNLV) and Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii) [two winners that year]
  • 2014 - Jan Levine (Duquesne)
  • 2015 - Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
  • 2016 - Suzanne Rowe (Oregon)
  • 2017 – Linda Berger (UNLV)
  • 2018 - Darby Dickerson (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago)
  • 2019 - Charles R. Calleros (Arizona State University)

Hat tip to Professor Suzanna Moran, Chair, AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, & Research 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Save the Date: Burton Awards 2019

Burton Awards Linda Edwards20th Annual Burton Awards

Monday, May 20, 2019

Burton Awards event begins: Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress 4:00p.m. prompt
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall of the Library of Congress, 6:00p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m​.

Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The awards program recognizes major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Chief Judge Richard Posner (retired), Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribis SA; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US); Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas; and Linda Klein, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Marilyn Walter has died.

Walter_marilynMarilyn Walter, who directed Brooklyn Law School’s legal writing program for more than thirty years, died last Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Professor Walter's book, Writing and Analysis in the Law, is a widely used first-year legal writing text. She was also the co-author of the first edition of the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs.  A leader in her field, Professor Walter was the recipient of the 2005 Association of American Law Schools' Legal Writing Section Award in recognition of her “pioneering leadership, extraordinary vision, and outstanding service.”

Marilyn was a former Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, a member of the Board of the Legal Writing Institute, a member of the ABA’s Committee on Communication Skills, and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She was a frequent and popular a speaker on numerous panels at legal writing conferences.

Before she joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School in 1980, she was a legal writing instructor at New York University Law School and a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. In spring 2008, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi Law School in India.

As her colleague Betsy Fajans noted, Marilyn was central in making the field of legal writing what it is today. She was also a mentor to dozens of people in the legal writing community. We extend our condolences to her family, colleagues, and former students. She will be missed.

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October 10, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What's New at Congress.gov?

There are some new enhancements to Congress.gov and some helpful search tips for searching federal legislation.  Click here to read more from In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Happy International Teachers' Day!

Happy International Teachers' Day! (October 5)

 

 

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