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Sri Lanka: Update on War Crimes Investigation Proposal

Sri Lanka: Update on War Crimes Investigation Proposal

Crimes against humanity; International organizations; Judiciary; War crimes – On September 22, 2015, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, speaking to the legislature, rejected the recommendation from the United Nations that there be international involvement in the investigation into the war crimes that allegedly… The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide.
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USAGov’s 6 Things to Know Before You Start Paying Off Your Student Loans

Here are six great tips from StudentAid.gov that can help you start the process of paying off your student loans.
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Teachers Institutes at Courts Help Prepare Next Generation of Jurors

At more than two dozen institutes offered by courts across the country, school teachers work with federal judges, volunteer attorneys, legal scholars, and court staff to deepen their understanding of the Judiciary and ignite the interest of their students.

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SF Police Department highlights how panhandling can be legal and illegal

According to the Sioux Falls Police Department, if you're in a public space, it is legal to ask for money with a sign. What's illegal is aggressively asking …
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Why New Hampshire Matters for the Top 5 Democratic Contenders

As the fight for New Hampshire heats up among the Democratic presidential candidates ahead of Tuesday’s primary, WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib looks at what’s at stake for the five leading contenders. Photo: Gabriela Bhaskar for The Wall Street Journal

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Federal Judges Help Students Learn Civility Skills

Federal Judges Help Students Learn Civility Skills

The loudest voices may prevail at a townhall meeting, at a demonstration, or in the stands at a football game, but in courtrooms, civility and rationality win the day even when the stakes – and the emotions – are high. Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a flagship program of the federal Judiciary’s outreach to students that equips them with legal and life skills needed to settle disputes successfully in a respectful way.

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Shular v. United States (18-6662)

For purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act’s sentence enhancement for a defendant convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm who has at least three convictions for “serious drug offense[s],” 18 U. S. C. §924(e)(1), the “serious drug offense” definition requires only that a state offense involve the conduct specified in the statute; it does not require that the state offense match certain generic offenses.
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USAGov’s Tips for Safely Enjoying America’s National Parks

Whether it’s a quick drive or camping for a whole week, time spent at a national park can turn any ordinary day into an unforgettable experience with friends and family.

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Legal Industry Jobs Hit New High-Water Mark Since Recession

Law360 (March 6, 2020, 6:34 PM EST) — Employment in the legal industry ticked upward again in February, surpassing the 10-year high seen in …
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Latest News: New Endowment Supports NLS

The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.
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Protect Yourself and Your Money Every Day

Protect Yourself and Your Money Every Day

Stay safe and informed, know what to do when a purchase or service goes wrong, and how to address it by visiting USA.gov.
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Jersey Cops Arrest Black Gun Owner Over Licensed Gun, Legal Ammo

A New Jersey gun owner is fighting charges for carrying a firearm for which he had a permit and ammunition state police have publicly said is legal.
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Gracie's Law: Georgia bill to stop discrimination against disabled transplant recipients

Gracie's Law, or Georgia House Bill 842, will prohibit providers from discriminating against potential organ transplant recipients due solely to physical …
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Free, Official Sources to Find Unclaimed Money

There might be unclaimed funds or property waiting for you from savings or checking accounts, wages and pensions, tax refunds, insurance policies, and more.
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McKinney v. Arizona (18-1109)

When a capital sentencing error under Eddings v. Oklahoma, 455 U. S. 104, is found on collateral review, a state appellate court may conduct the reweighing of aggravating and mitigating evidence, as permitted by Clemons v. Mississippi, 494 U. S. 738, on collateral review.
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Two Collier County sheriff's deputies speak on going from military to law enforcement

Two Collier County sheriff's deputies speak on going from military to law enforcement

”I went in the Air Force because I was too young to be a law enforcement officer in the county.” Hampton spent 14 years in the Air Force holding his …
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Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

Foreign investments; Forests and timber; Judiciary; Minority rights; Natural resources – On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims… The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide.
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Retirement Plans Comm. of IBM v. Jander (18-1165)

The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to give the Second Circuit the opportunity to decide whether to entertain the parties’ arguments on ERISA’s duty of prudence.
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Latest News: Applications for Teacher-in-Residence

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current teachers of journalism or economics for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2020-21 school year.
The program description and application details for the position can be found at this website. Applications are due on Friday, March 27, 2020.
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Kansas v. Garcia (17-834)

The Kansas statutes under which respondents, three unauthorized aliens, were convicted—for fraudulently using another person’s Social Security number on state and federal tax-withholding forms submitted to their employers—are not expressly preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; and respondents’ argument that those laws are preempted by implication is rejected.
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NY to change traveler insurance law to help people with costs of coronavirus

NY to change traveler insurance law to help people with costs of coronavirus

Currently, state laws make it hard for travel agents and insurers to offer insurance that allows travelers to cancel for any reason or for a health emergency …
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Six Scams to Be Wary of in 2020

If you’re convinced that scams only affect a particular group of people, think again. Sadly, millions of Americans are targeted by scammers every year.
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Legislators grapple with changing bawdy place, prostitution laws

In Virginia, that means using a building for lewdness, assignation or prostitution. Violating this law is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Levine takes issue with the …
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Start the School Year Off Right with USAGov’s 8 Tips for 2018

Are you and your kids ready for the new school year? Back to school season can be an expensive, busy, and stressful time — these tips may be able to help.
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Four Tips for Holiday Giving

Use these tips from USAGov to help make your donations count and celebrate the holiday spirit of giving.
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Latest News: "L.A. Murals" Exhibition Documents Street Art through Photography

Latest News: "L.A. Murals" Exhibition Documents Street Art through Photography

Caption: “L.A. Murals,” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress, is on view at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles through September 2020.
“L.A. Murals,” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress, documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles, an epicenter of the world’s street art scene.
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Metro's Proposed Homeless Tax Has Its First Legal Challenge

A pair of corporate lobbyists are mounting a legal challenge against a proposed $250 million business tax that's meant to fund homeless services in …
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Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Charged With Insider Trading

A Florida lawyer is accused of insider trading using internal law firm documents.
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A Healthy Prescription For a Healthy Home

Feeling ill? Some health issues could be connected to the health of your home. Learn how to give your home a checkup.
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School meal debt rising in some districts under 'food-shaming' law

Lunch debt is escalating because the law, enacted by the Maine Legislature last April, prohibits schools from denying meals to children whose parents …
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Live! At the Library Event Series Launched

Live! At the Library Event Series Launched

The Library of Congress is extending its public hours on Thursday evenings and will feature regular live programming for visitors as part of a new initiative, Live! At the Library, beginning April 2 to showcase the broad range of literature, poetry, art, music, digital collections and other holdings at the national library.
The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions at the Library – currently featuring the long fight for women’s voting rights and Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in civil rights – will be open for extended hours on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. every week. Exhibitions and programs will remain free and open to everyone. The Main Reading Room will be open for research during this time, and visitors andSee Original Article

International Criminal Court Allows Investigation Of U.S. Actions In Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the decision, calling it a “breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution.” Human rights groups are applauding the move.
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Latest News: 2019 Holland Prize Winner

Top prize drawing by architectural team at Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., led by Christopher Howard. Features the Old Dominion Bank Building, now known as the Athenaeum, built in 1851 in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today that the 2019 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to an architectural team at Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., led by Christopher Howard, an assistant professor of architecture and planning. The prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.
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Get Help with Living Expenses

Learn about federal government benefit programs for low income earners that can help pay for food, housing, healthcare, and other expenses.
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Latest News: Librarian Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights

The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced today.
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Akron Law professor making her mark on legal technology education

Akron Law professor making her mark on legal technology education

Beyond her work here with The University of Akron's legal technology education, Janoski-Haehlen is a national figure in the field, involved in several …
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EIU attorney assists with legal issues

From traffic tickets to criminal felonies, Eastern's legal service attorney is available to assist students with their legal issues. Kirsten Bays, an Eastern …
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Holguin-Hernandez v. United States (18-7739)

Petitioner’s district-court argument for a specific sentence (nothing or less than 12 months) preserved, for purposes of Fed. Rule Crim. Proc. 51(b), his claim on appeal that the sentence imposed was unreasonably long.
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This Valentine’s Day Help Someone Experiencing Abuse

If you want to support a friend in this difficult situation, or if you need support yourself, USAGov has gathered these resources to help.
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Legal expert weighs in on city's declaration of public emergency

Legal expert weighs in on city's declaration of public emergency

KENS 5 spoke to a legal expert. Attorney Adam Cortez reviewed the declaration. “This gives the mayor to add an extra layer lets say of protection to …
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Federal judge: $180000 legal bill due after Pence abortion law blocked

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ordered a payment total of $182,499 to the ACLU of Indiana for its legal work on behalf of Planned …
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People in the News—March 2, 2020—Greenblatt Pierce

Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, …
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Search for a Certified Legal Specialist

The State Bar can point you in the right direction, whether you are looking for a lawyer who can represent you for free or just looking for a lawyer …
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Legal Marijuana in Maine Pushed Back Another 3 Months

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The target date for the first legal sales of marijuana in Maine are being pushed back again as the state and municipalities …
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Barrister fails to overturn £1000 fine for 'racially charged' tweet

Barrister fails to overturn £1000 fine for 'racially charged' tweet

As such, she could not meet the legal test of being an “ordinary reasonable reader”. Diggins also took issue with the involvement of “infamously …
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Poway School Leaders' Bond Messaging Creeps Toward The Legal Line

But other communications from Poway and its leaders have gone further and may push the state's legal limits prohibiting the use of public funds to …
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Louisiana legislators pre-file bills addressing legal system, auto insurance rates

Last Friday was the last day Louisiana legislators could pre-file bills for the session that starts March 9, and as expected, numerous measures …
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Legal battles slow timber industry, forcing mill closure in Townsend

Legal battles slow timber industry, forcing mill closure in Townsend … and if they don't meet the legal requirements, then we try to convince them to do …
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Selection of outside judicial candidate miffs some in local legal community

One prominent member of the legal community, who spoke with The Herald Journal on the condition of anonymity, said it was “insanely offensive” that …
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