In Custodia Legis
, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, has been running an interview series featuring members of the staff
. The series started in late October 2010.
The most recent interview is with Montreal-born Jessica Ho-Wo-Cheong, Global Legal Research Intern
"How would you describe your job to other people?
The Law Library of Congress provides legal research and
reports to Congress pursuant to their requests, and it often entails
some aspect of comparative law. It also receives requests from other
parts of the federal government, and from private patrons. As an intern
with the Global Legal Research Directorate, I conduct research and
write reports in response to requests. Under the supervision of Foreign
Law Specialist Nicolas Boring, I cover not only Canadian law but also
French civil law jurisdictions including countries such as Mali,
Cameroon and Burundi. Ultimately, I come into work every day ready to
take on whatever task needs to be done!"
"Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
For any young lawyer, the opportunity to be surrounded by
such an immense and vast collection is remarkable. Not only is the
collection impressive, but what is equally impressive is having the
research information analysts, experts in their own field, able to help
refine searches and find materials. This collection, combined with the
possibility of working with lawyers from across the globe, made me want
to be a part of this remarkable team."
"I also appreciate the public service aspect of working for government
and being able to provide reference answers to citizens. The ‘Ask a
Librarian’ service is open to anyone, anytime, anywhere. The range of
questions we receive is quite astounding. It is exciting to face a new
challenge every day and constantly learn about legal traditions across
The Law Library of Congress is the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes from all ages of history and virtually every jurisdiction in the world.
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