The Friends are proud to support the Law Library of Congress in bringing first-class legal expertise, resources, media, cutting-edge legal discourse, and events to Washington, for the public, and with the world.
The Friends provide financial support to special and ongoing Law Library programs throughout the calendar year, such as international exhibitions, the National Book Festival, scholarships for legal and conservation experts, development efforts, and many others. The annual Law Library of Congress events traditionally supported by The Friends are free and open to the public.
A federal holiday observed each year to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Awards & Galas
The Friends also bestow prestigious awards upon luminaries who have contributed significantly to the rule of law. These hallmark award programs allow us to celebrate not only the contributions of these special individuals but the remarkable resources of the Law Library of Congress.
This award is named for Sir William Blackstone (1723–1780), the English jurist and politician whose work, Commentaries on the Laws of England, transformed the study of the common law.
This award is given in the name of Friends of the Law Library of Congress Founder, George W. Wickersham (1858–1936), an American lawyer and Presidential Cabinet Secretary. It is the Friends top award.
Previous recipients include:
John Paul Stevens
William C. Burton (Received the first Blackstone Award, 2011)
Harold Hongju Koh
Sandra Day O’Connor
Dwight D. Opperman
George J. Mitchell
Charles F.C. Ruff
William T. Colman
William J. Brennan
James A. Baker, III
The Friends of the Library of Congress are deeply proud and honored to have supported coordination and financial support for this truly historic Washington program.
Commemorating the 800th anniversary of the issue of Magna Carta, the Library of Congress hosted a series of programs and exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor, in partnership with the Lincoln Cathedral from November 6, 2014, through January 19, 2015. At centerpiece was the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta sealed by King John on display in the Library's great hall.
The 10-week exhibition organized through the Library of Congress and with support of generous friends was ceremoniously opened in an evening gala by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal provided remarks along with Librarian of Congress James Billington, Law Librarian of Congress David Mao, and the Very Rev. Philip Buckler. A keynote address was delivered by Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia. Charles Humphries served as master of ceremonies.