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Court Holiday

Posted by Chi Song on December 25, 2015

The Law Library is closed today, December 25, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will be open on Monday, December 28, 2015.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.

Except on Court Holidays, the Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We are located on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland.

If you cannot make it to the library in person, you can always reach us via email at lawlibrary@aacounty.org, via phone at (410) 222-1387 or via fax at (410) 268-9762.

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Today is Veterans Day!

Posted by Chi Song on November 11, 2015

This is a reposting of our 2014 Veterans Day blog post.

The Library is Closed today, November 11, 2015, as Veterans Day is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will be open tomorrow, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.

For those of you who love grammar, this blog abides by the federal government’s spelling of Veterans Day. Specifically, there is no apostrophe before the “s” at the end of “Veterans”.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (note that there is no apostrophe here either), “Veterans Day” does not include an apostrophe “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”*  What do they mean?  Well, thanks to the addition of an apostrophe, the “Veteran” in “Veteran’s Day” and the “Veterans” in “Veterans’ Day” are nouns in the possessive case (singular in the first case and plural in the second case), which implies that the day itself belongs to an individual veteran or to veterans as a group.  However, without the apostrophe, the “Veterans” in “Veterans Day” is an attributive adjective, which means that “Veterans” describes an attribute of “Day” without being possessive.  Thus, the day does not belong to an individual veteran or veterans as a group. However, each of these three options can be grammatically correct.  Which do you prefer?

For more information about the history of Veterans Day, check out http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.  Do you want to read the United States statute designating November 11 of each year as Veterans Day and a legal, public holiday, check out http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-89/pdf/STATUTE-89-Pg479.pdf or you can come visit the library to view a hard copy.

*http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp


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Assisting our Veterans

Posted by Chi Song on November 10, 2015

This is a repost of our 2014 blog post.

14poster_highresTomorrow is Veterans Day!  Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 of each year, was established to thank and honor all those who served in the United States armed forces during wartime and peacetime. In particular, Veterans Day honors and thanks living veterans for their service. One great way to thank the over 21 million veterans in the United States for their service is to volunteer our own services to veterans in need. Are you an attorney interested in pro bono legal service projects to assist veterans? Here are some organizations with ongoing pro bono legal service projects that are in need of attorney volunteers.

– Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s Veterans’ Benefits Pro Bono Project (http://probonomd.org/about-us/about-veterans-benefits/)

– Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (http://www.hprplaw.org/)

– The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (http://www.vetsprobono.org/volunteer-today/)

Additional volunteer opportunities are available at http://www.volunteer.va.gov/. Don’t forget, the Law Library is always available to assist you in your search for pro bono service projects.

Are you a veteran looking for information about compensation and benefits?  The People’s Law Library has two articles that might be of interest. Check them out at http://www.peoples-law.org/veterans-compensation and http://www.peoples-law.org/veterans-pension-benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (http://va.gov/) and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (http://veterans.maryland.gov/) are also good resources for additional information.

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Court Holiday

Posted by Chi Song on October 13, 2015

The Law Library is closed Monday, October 13, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Tuesday, October 14, 2015.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.

Except on Court Holidays, the Law Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are located in Suite 303 on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. If you cannot make it to the library in person, you can always reach us via email at lawlibrary@aacounty.org, via phone at (410) 222-1387 or via fax at (410) 268-9762.

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South Asian American Heritage Day

Posted by Chi Song on October 2, 2015

Pursuant to Senate Bill 422 (Chapter 169) and House Bill 746 (Chapter 170), which were passed during the 2015 Legislative Session and effective yesterday, the Governor of Maryland must annually proclaim October 2nd as South Asian American Heritage Day. You can learn more about this new law, including its legislative history, here. Also, check out the Governor’s Commission on South Asian Affairs to learn more about South Asian American Heritage Day.

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Court Holiday

Posted by Chi Song on September 7, 2015

The Law Library is closed Monday, September 7, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.
Except on Court Holidays, the Law Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are located on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. If you cannot make it to the library in person, you can always reach us via email at lawlibrary@aacounty.org, via phone at (410) 222-1387 or via fax at (410) 268-9762.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by Chi Song on July 4, 2015

Today is Independence Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. A federal holiday since 1941, Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, has been celebrated in the United States since 1776.  If you are interested in learning more about Independence Day and the events leading up to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, check out these sites.

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Court Holiday

Posted by Chi Song on July 3, 2015

The Law Library is closed Friday, July 3, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2015.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.

Except on Court Holidays, the Law Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are located on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. If you cannot make it to the library in person, you can always reach us via email at lawlibrary@aacounty.org, via phone at (410) 222-1387 or via fax at (410) 268-9762.

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World Press Freedom Day

Posted by Chi Song on May 3, 2015

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The newest editions of the Law Library’s newspaper subscriptions are available to the public in our main entry hallway.

“Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”*

The UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day in 1993. This year’s themes are Independent and Quality Media, Gender and Media and Digital Safety for Journalists and their Sources. To learn more about World Press Freedom Day, check out the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s page at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/world-press-freedom-day.

Did you know that the Law Library maintains subscriptions to the print editions of the following newspapers?

  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Washington Post

  • The Capital

  • The Daily Record

  • The National Law Journal

Access to additional newspapers and periodicals are available through the Law Library’s subscriptions to various online legal databases. Come visit us at the Law Library to learn more!

*http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-press-freedom-day-2015/about-world-press-freedom-day/

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Law Day Series – Today is Law Day!

Posted by Chi Song on May 1, 2015

LawDay_FINAL_Logo-NEWIn connection with the Law Library’s celebration of Law Day, we will be publishing a series of eight posts this month that focus on the basics of the Maryland court system and legal research.

What is Law Day? Each year, on May 1st, we celebrate the rule of law and the role of the law and legal processes, including the court system, in promoting democracy and freedom through our celebration of Law Day. First envisioned by the American Bar Association (ABA)’s then-president, Charles S. Rhyne, in 1957, National Law Day was established as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and May 1st was designated as the official date of celebration by a joint resolution of Congress in 1961.

2015 Theme. This year’s theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law”. The Magna Carta (the “Great Charter”), issued 800 years ago by King John of England at Runnymede, a meadow located along the River Thames near modern day Windsor, England, has withstood the test of time and continues to symbolize liberty and the rule of law, especially the ideal that no one, not even a king, is above the rule of law. While the Magna Carta addresses the specific issues faced by King John and the English barons from the thirteenth century, its underlying principles of liberty and the rule of law for all people remains as an inspiration for freedom and liberty.

If you’re interested in learning more about Law Day and this year’s theme, check out the ABA’s 2015 Law Day page!

For those you interested in seeing the Magna Carta in person, check out this information about the traveling exhibit of Lincoln Cathedral’s 1215 manuscript of the Magna Carta at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/law_library_congress/magna_carta.html.


Stay tuned for the next post in our Law Day Series, which will provide an overview of the Maryland Court System.

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