Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress

The Standing Committee serves as the Association’s connection to and voice of the legal profession concerning the continued development and effective operation of the Law Library of Congress.

Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

Conversation with ABA President Judy Perry Martinez & Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez

The Law Day theme for 2020 is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” The Law Library of Congress hosted ABA President Judy Perry Martinez in the Library of Congress on March 11, 2020 for a conversation about the legacy of the 19th Amendment with Law Librarian of Congress and Deputy Librarian of Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez. Discussed are the lessons learned from the suffrage movement, and how the work of securing equal rights for women is still a struggle that continues into the present day.

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Presiding: Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today.

2020 ABA/Law Library of Congress Law Day Virtual Program

Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment

On April 30, 2020, the ABA and the Law Library of Congress jointly hosted a Law Day virtual program, Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment. Kimberly Adams moderated a panel discussion featuring Martha S. Jones, Thomas Saenz and Julie Suk.

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Upcoming Events

Learn more about events hosted by the Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress including programs at the ABA Annual and Midyear meetings, ABA Day and more.

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Resources

The Standing Committee highlights the resources of the Law Library of Congress and offers links to key government web sites.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015

Visit our archival materials from the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress' traveling exhibit that raised awareness about Magna Carta and celebrated its enduring legacy. The ABA/Law Library of Congress traveling exhibit, which traveled from 2014 through 2018 was an integral part of the world-wide observations of the 1215 sealing of Magna Carta.

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