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The Law Library is closed today.

Posted by Chi Song on February 16, 2015

The Law Library is closed today, February 16, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will reopen on Tuesday, February 17, 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. 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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The Law Library is closed today.

Posted by Chi Song on January 19, 2015

The Law Library is closed today, January 19, 2015, as today is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 20, 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, Suite 303, 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 Repeal Day!

Posted by Chi Song on December 5, 2014

Constitution_of_the_United_States,_page_1Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution may be proposed by Congress (with a two-thirds majority vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives) or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the states.  A proposed amendment must then be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

On December 18, 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment, which was then ratified by the states on January 16, 1919.  The 18th Amendment established what is commonly referred to as Prohibition, which generally prohibited the manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors.  Less than two decades later, on February 20, 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment.  State conventions ratified the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933.  Utah provided the 36th vote, which was the final vote necessary for ratification.  (Today, a successful amendment to the Constitution would require 38 states to ratify the amendment; however, in 1933, Hawaii and Alaska were not yet states, thus only 36 states were required in order to meet the three-fourths requirement.)  As a result, today, December 5, 2014, is celebrated as Repeal Day.

Are you interested in learning more about the U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law?  Check out these resources!

– The official transcript of the Constitution of the United States is available through the National Archives website at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html.

– You can read the full-text of the Constitutional Amendments, including the 18th Amendment and 21st Amendment at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html.

– Information about the constitutional amendment process is available at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/ and http://www.lexisnexis.com/constitution/amendments_howitsdone.asp.

– If you are interested in learning more about Prohibition, check out http://www.history.com/topics/prohibition.

As always, the Law Library is available to assist you with your research needs.  For example, the Law Library provides users with access to the LexisNexis and Westlaw databases, which include many constitutional law primary and secondary resources.

 

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Today is American Indian Heritage Day!

Posted by Chi Song on November 28, 2014

Indian Court Federal Building Picture

Did you know…

–  that former President George H. W. Bush approved a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1990 that designated November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage month (and similar proclamations were issued yearly since 1994)?

–  that the first American Indian Day was declared in 1916 in the state of New York?

–  that 184 Native American tribes throughout the United States support the establishment of a day honoring American Indian heritage?

–  that, according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 census, 0.4% of the total Maryland population is American Indian and/or Alaska Native?

–  that today is American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland?  As of October 1, 2008, pursuant to House Bill 83/Chapter 486, American Indian Heritage Day is a Maryland state holiday that falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day.

Are you interested in researching Native American law?  If so, then check out the Georgetown Law Library’s guide at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/guides/nativeamericanlaw.cfm.

More information about Native American Heritage Month is available at http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Chi Song on November 27, 2014

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Former President Franklin Roosevelt is celebrating Thanksgiving dinner here in 1939.

The Law Library is Closed today, November 27, 2014, as Thanksgiving is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will be open tomorrow, Friday, November 28, 2014. A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website.

The celebration of Thanksgiving as an official holiday in the United States has an interesting history.  In 1777, the first national Thanksgiving was declared by the Continental Congress.  The United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving holiday in 1789 pursuant to a proclamation issued by former President George Washington that established Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin”.

Subsequent presidents issued similar proclamations, but with varying dates for celebration. Former President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation established the last Thursday of November as the day of the celebration, but, in 1939, due to economic concerns deriving from a shortened Christmas shopping season as a result of Thanksgiving’s celebration date, former President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November, which lengthened the Christmas shopping season.  Thirty-two states followed the federal government’s lead, but sixteen states did not.  Thus, Thanksgiving was celebrated on two different days throughout the country until 1941 when Roosevelt signed a joint resolution from Congress establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the federal holiday. More information, including featured documents, such as the 1941 Joint Resolution, is available at http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/.

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Assisting our Veterans

Posted by Chi Song on November 12, 2014

14poster_highresYesterday was 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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Today is Veterans Day!

Posted by Chi Song on November 11, 2014

The Library is Closed today, November 11, 2014, as Veterans Day is a Court Holiday.  The Law Library will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12, 2014. 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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Today is Election Day!

Posted by Chi Song on November 4, 2014

The Library is closed today, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, as Election Day is a Court Holiday. If you are interested in learning more about Maryland’s elections, 2014 election information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is provided by the Maryland State Board of Election on their website at http://www.elections.state.md.us/.

The Law Library will be open tomorrow, November 5, 2014. 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 9:00a.m. until 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 7 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 Halloween!

Posted by Chi Song on October 31, 2014

Halloween Picture

These books are available in the library!

If you are interested in reading about laws dealing with Halloween-related matters, check out this post from Et Seq., the Harvard Law School Library Blog – http://etseq.law.harvard.edu/2012/10/halloween-and-the-law-a-round-up-of-links/.  You will find links to actual, current laws in the United States, such as the laws dealing with the paranormal in Massachusetts.  For example, did you know that sellers and brokers are not mandated to disclose to buyers or tenants regarding the perceived taint of a paranormal phenomena? (See the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.)

Do you know of a current Maryland law on the paranormal? If so, please leave a comment below!

 

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