Why Take Notes in Lectures?

By Roberta WoodsReference and Instructional Services Librarian

Intending to help new students in law school, a new
LibGuide on the Law Library site offers brief explanations about five note taking methods or systems that have some track record when it comes to learning, which takes up the other part of the LibGuide. There is evidence to support note taking in lectures. Students have a 50% chance of recalling noted information on a test. Non-noted information gives the student only a 15% chance of recalling the information on a test (Aiken, Thomas, Shennum, 1975).

Did you ever wonder about what the professor said that you didn’t note? Are omissions important or are they of no consequence? In the “Omissions in Notes,” several clues are listed about what you’re not including in your notes.

Each note taking method has a best use depending on the circumstance. You are welcome and encouraged to use them all.

Any system is better than none. Think on paper.

Welcome Back, New and Returning Students

image of entering class of 1973By Keiko Okuhara, Bibliographic Services/Systems Librarian

Welcome entering students to the William S. Richardson Law School ohana. Welcome back returning students and faculty members to your beloved Law School. When you come by the law library check out the “Hall of Faces” to meet our proud William S. Richardson lawyers. Eventually you will be one of them. Because of the library renovation, the pictures were taken down from the wall for a while, but they are coming back to us.

For entering students, please highlight your calendars to join a 40-min library tour on Tuesday, 8/15 starting from 8 am. You will have a lot of fun in finding law school history display, study aids to assist you in deepening the understanding of the legal discourse, cool stuff to make your study easy and enjoyable, and gaining 24/7 library access to make the law library part of your lives. Good luck in your studies and a successful academic year! We are looking forward to seeing you all in the renewed (face lifted) law library.

Meet Our New Librarian!

By Catherine Bye, Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian


The Law Library is happy to report that a new Reference and Instructional Services Librarian has joined our Law School ʻohana this summer! Cory Lenz will be teaching first-year legal research as well as a course in scholarly research. Before joining us, Cory worked as the Research Instruction and Writing Process Librarian at the Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina. Additional information about his background and how to contact him can be found here.

For enquiring minds, however, Law Librarianship was not his number one career plan (although it was a very close second!). Before getting his dual degrees in Law School and Library Science, Cory made a living for 15 years as a certified personal trainer, an activity with which he is still active today. What he most enjoys about being a personal trainer is seeing his clients improve and grow – just like his students!

His work as a personal trainer was a way for him to pay the bills while endeavoring to become a TV and film writer. He hoped to catch a break while living in Los Angeles where he also worked at the Kennedy/Marshall Company, a husband-wife film-production company based in Santa Monica, California. Through his work at Kennedy/Marshall Cory rubbed elbows with Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn and Samuel L. Jackson.

Aside from his library and personal training activities, Cory also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, creative writing, reading, and checking out estate sales. When you have time, come by to welcome Cory and be sure to ask about his wooden hanger collection!

A Source for Interstate Compacts

The National Center for Interstate Compacts Database is a great place to start if you need to research interstate compacts.  An interstate compact is an agreement between two or more states.  Those agreements which would increase the power of states at the expense of the federal government require approval of Congress. The site has more than 1,500 associated state statutes you can search through.

Conducting a search for Hawaii yields 21 results:Hawaii Compacts

For example, Hawaii is a signatory of the Western Regional Education Compact. We joined in 1959 and you can look up the statute under HRS Secs. 310-1 to 310-8 (a caveat on this cite: HRS §310 was repealed in 2006. It points you to §§304A-3201 to 3208). The site indicates the compact “creates a regional commission to help Western states increase educational opportunities for their citizens, improve colleges and universities, expand the supply of specialized manpower, and inform the public as to needs of higher education.” There are 16 states involved in this compact and the agency website is www.wiche.edu.

Western Regional Education Compact

Unique Hawaiʻi Legal Research Resources

By Roberta Woods, Reference & Instructional Services Law Librarian

Only four volumes of decisions of the United States District Court (USDC) for the Territory of Hawaiʻi were ever printed. They span the years 1903-1917.  The decisions in these volumes do not appear in the Federal Reporter covering the same time frame.  The Federal Supplement, a West Publishing created reporter of decisions of the federal district courts began in 1933. Prior to 1933, federal district court decisions appeared in the Federal Reporter.

In 1903, the Second Legislature of the Territory of Hawaiʻi in regular session passed S.B. 121 and Gov. Sanford Dole signed into law Act 47, An Act to Provide for the Publication of one Volume of the Reports of the Decisions of the United States District Court for the Territory of Hawaiʻi. It became law on April 25, 1903.  This volume is also known as “Estee’s Reports” because Judge Morris March Estee, the Judge of the United States District Court for the Territory of Hawaiʻi, prepared it.

The Judiciary Committee in the Senate reported that it was “informed that this is done in all Territories.” The legislation allotted $1,700 for the publication of 750 copies of volume 1, which was to be sold by the Secretary of the Territory for not less than $3.00 each.

In addition, each Circuit Judge, Supreme Judge, the Judge of the United States District Court of the Territory, the United States District Attorney, the Governor, the Attorney-General, the Secretary, the Tax Collector, and the Superintendent of Public Works of the Territory were given a copy. Judge Estee had six months to prepare the syllabi and an index for the decisions included in the volume.

Judge Estee had been appointed to the United States District Court for the Territory of Hawaiʻi on June 5, 1900 by President McKinley.  In 1888, he presided over the Republican National Convention.  Originally from Pennsylvania where he was born in 1833, Judge Estee moved to California in 1853. He died in Honolulu October 27, 1903, and was buried in California.

In 1905, the Third Legislature of the Territory of Hawaiʻi convened and S.B. 58, An Act to Provide for the Publication of the Decisions of the United States District Court for Hawaiʻi, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.  Senate Report No. 51 from the Judiciary Committee indicated that, “the Decisions of said Court are binding on the people in this Territory just the same as the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi. We believe it is for the interests of the public that this Law should be passed.” The Committee also amended the bill’s language from “on” to “from and after the date of” in the Second Section. The legislation allotted $1,500 for not less than 500 copies for volume 2. A syllabi and index were also required of the judges for volume 2.

In 1911, S.B. 25, An Act to Provide for the Publication of the Decisions of the United States District Court for Hawaiʻi, was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee reported it favorably in Standing Committee Report No. 49, and it became law March 4, 1911.  The legislation provided $2,000 for not less than 500 copies of the District Court decisions.  A syllabi and index were also required of the judges for volume 3.

In 1915, H.B. 16, An Act to Provide for the Publication of the Decisions of the United States District Court for Hawaiʻi, was introduced in the House chamber of the eighth legislature of the Territory of Hawaiʻi.  It was referred to the Judiciary Committee and reported favorably out of committee with Standing Committee Report No. 26.

In the Senate H.B. 16 was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means where the language was amended.  The words “not more than two hundred and fifty copies” were substituted for the words “not less than five hundred copies.” The Committee stated in Standing Committee Report No. 194, that the publication will be a convenience to those engaged in law business and that 250 copies would be “plenty” to meet the demand.

Act 75 was allotted $2,500 for not more than 250 copies of the reports.  It was signed into law by Gov. Lucius E. Pinkham on April 13, 1915. Thus, the legislature limited the maximum number of books it would allow to be published where in prior years the minimum number of books to be printed was stated in the law.  Perhaps the benefit to “those engaged in law business” was the reason this was to be the final volume.  However, this law was repealed in 1917.

By 1917, the Decisions of the United States District Court for Hawaiʻi still had not been published from 1915.  S.B. 104, An Act to Provide for the Publication of the Decisions of the United States District Court for Hawaiʻi was introduced in the Senate of the ninth legislature of the Territory of Hawaiʻi. The bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.  The Standing Committee Report No. 259 indicated that an additional appropriation of $3,500 was necessary because the initial allocation of $2,500 was insufficient to create the publication of 250 copies of volume 4 of the reports. The Committee approved the amount but stipulated that the volume should include the decisions rendered since 1915.

In the House, S.B. 104 was referred to the Committee on Finance in which Standing Committee Report No. 440 stated that Act 75 of the Session Laws of 1915 was also to be repealed including the $2,500.  The original amount was inadequate and $3,500 would be largely repaid by the sales.

Summary Table
Year Amount Copies Selling Price
1903 $1,700.00 Not less than 750 Not less than $3.00 each
1905 $1,500.00 Not less than 500 Unspecified
1911 $2,000.00 Not less than 500 Unspecified
1915 $2,500.00 Not more than 250 Unspecified
1917 $3,500.00 Not more than 250 Unspecified

Technology and Law School: A Timely Marriage

By Brian Huffman, Electronic Services Librarian

Law Firms and Courts have recognized the need and value of tech-savvy lawyers for many years. To date, 27 states have adopted an ethical duty of technology competence[i]. It’s time law schools recognize the need and benefits law students receive learning to use technology to help increase their efficiency.

Renowned law librarian Sarah Glassmeyer said it best when asked “What are the top three things future lawyers really need to grasp right now?”:

“InfoSec, which is a cool kid way of saying “Information Security.” Know where your data is and how it’s being protected. 2. The world is the Web and the Web is Social. There is no delineation between your online life and the “real world.” Act accordingly. 3. If tech can replace a “lawyerly task,” then it’s not a task that lawyers should be wasting their time on and billing clients for. Don’t go into the world with an “us vs. them” attitude towards legal tech vendors. Use them to make yourself more productive.”[ii]

Starting Fall 2017 the Law School will offer a course called Technology for Lawyering Competencies (TLC). The course will prepare law students to be proficient with technology in a manner that will focus on skills necessary for law school and as they enter the profession.

All law students are encouraged to attend.  The skills we cover will especially benefit 1Ls experiencing Lawyering Fundamentals for the first time.

Weekly topics and skills include:

  • Legal Databases: Basics of Westlaw & LexisNexis
  • Word Skills for Lawyers: Styles, Table of Authorities, and Document Templates
  • Additional Word Skills for Lawyers: Getting the Most Out of Word
  • The Cloud: Document sharing, versioning, metadata, and cybersecurity
  • Cite Like a Legal Researcher: Bibliography/Citation tools (focusing on Zotero)
  • Browser troubleshooting, security issues, and password encryption
  • Searching Skills: Artificial intelligence and algorithms

To properly prepare lawyers for what is around the corner we will touch upon emerging technologies. Some of the bleeding-edge technology that will be addressed include AI, blockchain, Big Data, and more.

Welcome to the Brave New World of Technology and Lawyering. The profession and our clients will benefit greatly from these advances. WSRSL students are positioned to be on top of their game by utilizing technology to increase efficiency at legal education and in the practice of law.

[i] Robert Ambrogi, 27 States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites (2015), https://www.lawsitesblog.com/2015/03/11-states-have-adopted-ethical-duty-of-technology-competence.html (last visited Jun 16, 2017).

[ii] Ava Chisling, #LegalTechLives with Sarah Glassmeyer, lawyer, librarian and technologist at the ABA Center for… ROSS’ #LegalTech Corner (2017), https://blog.rossintelligence.com/legaltechlives-with-sarah-glassmeyer-lawyer-librarian-and-technologist-at-the-aba-center-for-39c690ad81bd (last visited Jun 24, 2017).


Trump Con Law

By Victoria Szymczak, Law Library Director

Of all the podcasts out there this summer, one of the more entertaining and useful ones for law geeks is Trump Con Law.  It is hosted by UC Davis Law ProfessorDonald Trump and US Constitution Elizabeth Joh and Roman Mars, co-founder of Radiotopia, a curated collection of independent, thought-provoking podcasts (check it out if you are unfamiliar with it).  Professor Joh and Mr. Mars review the unbridled adventures of the executive branch under the Trump administration in the context of U.S. constitutional law.  The end result is a targeted lesson in con law based on present-day events.  Weeks 1 & 2 focused on Judicial Legitimacy and the Appointments Clause and Removal Power, for example.  Can’t wait to see what week 3 will bring us!

Trump Con Law occurs weekly.  The podcast is usually a little over 6 minutes in length – so not a HUGE investment in time.  If you miss your Con Law class, or merely want to get a leg up on Professor Freeman this fall, give it a whirl!  It is also a fun way to stay on top of current affairs.