Magna Carta will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2015. Magna Carta, the great charter of rights and liberties, stands at the heart of English and American law and has influenced the legal systems of many other democratic nations. One of the earliest statements of limited government and a point of departure for centuries of debate on individual rights, Magna Carta has become the world’s most enduring symbol of the rule of law.
The Library of Congress will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first issue of Magna Carta with a 10-week exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor," opening Thursday, November 6, and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.
The 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, on loan from the Lincoln Cathedral in England, will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. In addition, there will be rare materials from the Law Library of Congress and from various other divisions of the Library, which will tell the story of 800 years of Magna Carta’s influence on the history of political liberty. The materials will both illuminate the context of Magna Carta in medieval and early modern England and show how the charter came to occupy such an important place in British and American law.
Law Librarian of Congress David Mao said, "Through this exhibition we will celebrate the core tradition of the rule of law. While aiming to detail the enduring impact of Magna Carta over 800 years, our exhibit will illuminate its influence on our legal traditions and political thought while examining the unfolding story of the rule of law throughout the world. We look forward to taking a leading role in the American commemoration of the 800th anniversary of this legal treasure."
LexisNexis providing the opportunity to win a trip to this historic exhibit! At the American Association of Law Libraries Annual meeting every complete demo you view earns you an automatic entry in this grand prize drawing for a trip to Washington, D.C. to view the exhibit. The prize includes airfare, hotel accommodations and expenses for your trip.
* Magna Carta Grand-Prize Drawing Rules (Complete rules are posted at LexisNexis Booth #403.)
1. Participants must be adult registrants of the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting. No purchase is necessary. The following persons are not eligible: relatives of registrants, exhibitors at the meeting and employees of Reed Elsevier and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. The Magna Carta Grand Prize Drawing Offer is void where prohibited by law or by your employer’s policies. Employees of any governmental entity are not eligible to participate in this drawing.
2. Participants must view an entire LexisNexis demonstration (start to finish) in order to qualify. Each complete demo
viewed will earn participant an entry.
3. Participation is limited to exhibition hours during July 13 – 15, 2014.
4. You must redeem your prize for travel during the Magna Carta:Muse and Mentor—800 Years of a Great Tradition exhibition at the Library of Congress November 6, 2014 through January 19, 2015.
5. Only one grand prize will be awarded. No returns or exchanges. Winner will be notified via email on or before August 16, 2014.
The Library of Congress is not a sponsor of this drawing.