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.

ABA Day 2021: Recent Additions to the Law Library of Congress Rare Books Collection

Law Library of Congress Rare Book Curator Nathan Dorn displays a selection of new additions to the rare book collection of the Law Library of Congress.

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Law Day 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law Now: A Global Perspective (April 29th at 3:30 p.m. EDT)

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association's Law Day 2021 free, streaming program will explore the rule of law from an international perspective; specifically, how the United States contributes to global understandings of the rule of law, including through funding of rule of law projects, championing rule of law principles in international entities and settings, and cultivating an image as a rule of law country both at home and abroad. The panel will be moderated by Executive Director of the World Justice Project Elizabeth Andersen. She will be joined by Former Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia and Former Ambassador for Georgia to the United States Temuri Yakobashvili, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Ashley Quarcoo, and Law Library of Congress Senior Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley. We hope you can join us.

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19th Amendment

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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February 2020: Justice Ginsburg Calls For Renewed Effort to Pass Equal Rights Amendment

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Speaking at a Georgetown University Law Center event co-sponsored by the ABA, Ginsburg celebrated the centennial of the 19th Amendment as a "first step towards equal citizenship stature for women."

100 years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote in the United States, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit discussed that watershed moment and the continued fight for equal rights for women that has followed.

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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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Mayflower Compact: 400th Anniversary to be Celebrated in 2022

Join us in 2022 for "Join In: The American Pursuit of Civil Society"

On November 21, 1620, each settler aboard the Mayflower was required to sign the 200-word Mayflower Compact--laws the settlers drafted themselves for how they, for the good of their colony, would self-govern themselves. We plan to mark the historic 400th anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact in 2022 with the launch of the Law Library of Congress' new permanent exhibit and the Standing Committee's new companion traveling exhibit--both exhibits will focus on how Americans collaboratively self-govern via association building and administration. We also will co-host a series of "Join In" theme-based programs. Stay tuned for more information.


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