Flooding or Water Leak

By Garid Faria, Administrative & Fiscal Support Specialist

A water leak or flooding due to heavy rains may occur when a roof is compromised before or during a storm, a water pipe or plumbing fixture breaks or an air conditioning component fails. This becomes a serious problem when a large amount of water is released, damaging library facilities, materials and/or equipment. Over the years, water leak incidents at the library have resulted in extensive damage to flooring and ceiling materials and may have contributed to mold issues that were very costly to fix in terms of time, effort, and money, not to mention possible health issues for building occupants.

Upon discovering a leak or flooding incident, please notify the on duty Circulation Supervisor immediately. The Circulation Supervisor is authorized to assess the situation and take immediate action to ensure safety, protect library materials and stabilize the environment during weekday or weekend hours. He or she will attempt to identify the immediate cause and/or source of the water entering or being released within the building. He/she then calls UHM Facilities at 6-7134 to report the problem and initiate an emergency repair and/or shut off the water at the source (if possible) as well as capture and remove any water that has been released. He or she will block access and post signage to keep people out of the affected area.

As a precaution, it may be necessary to disconnect or shut off the electricity to reduce the risk of electrical shock to occupants and equipment damage. Therefore, please do not enter a flooded area until the electricity has been disconnected by a UHM electrician. After hours, call Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 6-6911, and they will contact on duty UHM Facilities staff. Also, water on the tile flooring can create a slip/fall hazard for those walking by.

If the Circulation Supervisor deems the threat to be a potential collection emergency, he/she will then notify the Director and other key emergency response personnel of the situation. Circulation Supervisor and/or Director may consult with the Library’s Emergency Team to decide if further response and recovery activities are needed.

There are eight Quick Dam Flood Barriers being stored in room 121 which can be use to contain and absorb water leaks and flooding. Also, there are other tools and supplies in our Emergency Supplies Kit. Once all visible water has been removed using absorbent materials (rags, mops, etc) and and/or wet vacuumed, it may be necessary to obtain a carpet fan(s) from UHM Facilities to completely dry out the area and prevent any mold or mildew from growing on damp and/or covered surfaces, particularly under carpet or in walls (those constructed from drywall materials).

Please note that leak/overflow detector alarm lights are mounted on the makai column next to the supplies cabinet/walkway as well as above the door to Intensive Storage (room 121). In the event of an overflow from the air conditioning unit in the ceiling space above the Tech Services area or a water leak at one of the two air conditioning units mounted on the floor in 121, these devices are designed to detect and notify occupants by activating a continuous red light.

Since the activation of this light is a warning that an overflow has occurred and been detected, should it go unnoticed, ignored and/or unreported, it has the potential to cause serious property or collection damage. Therefore, as part of their training, all staff are informed of the location and purpose of these lights and what to do should they be activated. Staff with opening and closing duties, should routinely check them as part of their daily procedures. In the event they are found to be turned on. Staff should inspect these areas for water leakage/overflow and then notify the Circulation Supervisor.  Otherwise, notify the library’s Administrative/Fiscal Support person so that he or she can submit a work request to address any related problems, reset the detector and initiate any follow-up repairs.


Today is Read an E-book Day

September 18, 2017 is Read an E-book Day. Do you know the library has three e-book collections at your fingertips? They are:

Lexis Digital Library

The library has over 800 volumes on Lexis Digital Library. The collection includes study aids, treatises, and books for 1Ls and about the general practice of law.

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

ProQuest Ebook Central Subjects

Ebook Central has 5071 e-books on law presently.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

EBSCOhost has 422 law-related e-books. These e-books may be read online or downloaded for later reading.

Feature I Like Best: Notations/Highlighting

Many e-book platforms allow you to notate on them. This is great as a study aid. Feel free to add your own notes, with the knowledge that they will be there the next time you review the material. You can even highlight in most e-book readers. Only EBSCOhost e-books do not allow this feature natively, but you can download the resource to your Google drive and mark it up then.

What I am Currently Reading

I am reading Nordic Nights (book 3 of the Alix Thorssen Mysteries) by Lise McClendon. I enjoy mysteries and find Kindle an easy way to read them on my iPhone or Kindle reader.

Incidentally, there is no standard proper nomenclature for e-book (aka Ebook or eBook). The British prefer ebook, where the rest of the world uses e-book.

Law Library Book Talk Series with Professor Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, author of The Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi of Davida Malo

David Malo. A native of the Hawaiian Islands. Lithograph from a drawing by Alfred Thomas Agate from the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. Published in Charles Pickering The Races of Man, 1848
Davida Malo

The William S. Richardson School of Law Library cordially invites you to attend the third installment in our Law Library Book Talk Series with Professor Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, author of The Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi of Davida Malo on 10/25, 11:45 am-1 pm at the Law Library.

Professor Lyon applies the methodologies of classical philology to an early and important Hawaiian text: Davida Malo’s ethnographic work on classical Hawaiian civilization. It provides the single most important witness to Hawaiian civilization before Christianity. Davida (or David) Malo (1793-1853) was a leading Native Hawaiian historian of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Malo grew up during the period when Kamehameha I united the islands into a single kingdom. Professor Lyon’s book brings to life the fascinating Hawaiian histories and inner relationships of Malo’s time.

More information about The Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi of Davida Malo can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu/religion/faculty/lyon/.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:45 a.m. -1 p.m.
Where: University of Hawaii School of Law Library Lobby
Speaker:  Professor Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Light refreshments will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.  Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated.  We look forward to seeing you.

Your New Book Hook-Up!

By Keala Richard, Acquisitions Support Specialist

Did you know that students have the power to influence and access the library’s new book purchasing? Yes! We can get you the freshly-printed titles that you need for your SYS papers, exam cramming, and even casual academic reading. Don’t let the faculty have all the fun. Check out a few of the ways we get you the books your brilliant legal minds crave!

New Book Section

When you come into the library, you’re tired, you’re focused, you need a nap and you’re on a MISH. You probably walk by it every visit. Yet right next to the stairs, to the left of CJ’s corner, is the New Book bookcase. When we receive and catalog new shipments of books, the most interesting titles are hand-picked by the library director, librarian faculty, and I (your humble acquisitions assistant). We then flag the books for special shelving on the new bookcase, where they’re easily accessible for your browsing pleasure. Have a peek the next time you’re just using us for our awesome bean bag chairs.

New Book List

Let’s be honest. You probably prefer to shop online anyway. If you’re not interested in checking out the brick and mortar book shelf, we still have you covered. Just like our catalog is basically the Amazon of library books, you can browse the new book list on our website instead. Every month, our director pulls the list of all new titles added to the collection, and publishes it to keep you updated. She even sends out an email to the entire law school that links to the list. We promise it doesn’t belong in your spam folder.

New Book Request

Don’t see anything you like? Know of a title we don’t? Holla at your girl. The library website has a suggestion form, and it does more than tell us what food you want for pro se café. Use the form or email us at techsvs@hawaii.edu, to give us as much information as you can. If possible, it helps to include the title, author, publisher, year, and ISBN. Think source citation, but Bluebook not required. We’ll use this information to hunt down the droid, I mean BOOK, you’re looking for.

New Book Routing

This email business works both ways. Like faculty members can have a book immediately routed to their office before it hits the shelf, you too can feast your eyes and mind on a new book before anyone else. Usually we will notify the person who suggested a new acquisition automatically by email, that way you get first dibs. But if you happen to see something you like on the website, catalog, or shelf, let us (me) know at techsvs@hawaii.edu. We will send you an email when we have it pulled and reserved just for you. You’re welcome.

All jokes aside, here at the library our main purpose is to help you be as comfortable and successful as possible. We are constantly looking for better ways to be of service to the law school in general, and you in particular. We hope you take advantage of all the new titles we add for you daily, and that you in turn help us keep our collection fresh and relevant to your studies. Happy reading everybody!

Using Law360

You may have experienced some difficulty accessing Law360.com when not at the library. There is a reason for this: our institutional subscription only allows for access while on the campus. When off campus, there is no Law360.com access. However, Law360 articles are accessible via Lexis Advance. Best practice would be to read Law360 news articles on Lexis Advance. If you prefer Law360.com, you will need to make sure you are on the UH campus for access rights.

UPDATE (Sep. 26, 2017)

Whether ON or OFF campus, this is how you access the Law360 archive via Lexis Advance:

1)    Start typing Law360 into the search bar and choose Law360 Legal News as your source:


2)    Enter your search term(s) – these can be natural language, Boolean, article name, author, whatever:

3)    Now you have results, all from Law360, with your search term(s):


NOTE: Clicking the Law360 Module from the Lexis Advance Home Screen simply re-routes you to www.law360.com (see screenshot below).  I am guessing this is what you mean when you say Lexis Advance kicked you over to Law360.com.

The Haunting of Martial Law: Records from the Marcos Regime

By Ellen-Rae Cachola, Evening Library Supervisor and Archives Manager

Philippine human rights advocates have emphasized,“Never Again to Martial Law!”  But, current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law on the island of Mindanao defies those who experienced the horrors of the Marcos era.

The international public opinion of Duterte has been mixed–some applaud his “strongman” tactics to clean up corruption in the country. Meanwhile others accuse him of being authoritarian–especially on the absent fair trial and executions of urban poor accused of being drug peddlers. The re-militarization of Mindanao does not bode well in the long history of conflict between the Philippine North, the U.S., and Mindanao.  Why has Martial Law come to repeat itself in the Philippines? But most importantly, is it possible to resist this pattern of violence?

General Order No. 1

The William S. Richardson School of Law Library acquired the papers of the late Professor Jon Van Dyke, an internationally renowned scholar who was known for using his legal expertise to advocate for the marginalized. Jon and his spouse, Sherry Broder, served as legal counsel on the Estate of Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation Case.

The Marcos Human Rights Litigation took decades as individuals who were victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos regime, or relatives of victims, came forward seeking compensatory damages. Cases unfolded to track Marcos Estate funds being kept in international accounts. There were counter appeals to rebuke or re-direct those claims. Finally, Marcos investments in Texas properties were tapped. Some victims were compensated with those funds, although other victims were already deceased.  Nevertheless, this case aimed to serve as a precedent for reparations for victims of human rights abuses under dictatorial regimes around the world.

Through the support of the Hawaiʻi Council of Humanities, the Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation collection will be made accessible as a series within the Jon Van Dyke papers.  These papers are important today because the issue of Martial Law has not been rectified in the Philippines.  Perhaps by understanding how Jon Van Dyke studied the issues of human rights, the will and acuity in others will awaken to address similar issues today.

Here are some items that provide a glimpse of the workings of the Marcos regime since the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972.

This General Order No. 1 (image above) explains that Martial Law was declared because of “wanton destruction of lives and property, widespread lawlessness and anarchy, chaos and disorder now prevailing throughout the country.”

But why was there chaos and disorder? The book Development Debacle explained that the Marcos administration worked with the World Bank to implement national development projects that prioritized technocratic implementation, leaving many of the poor and working populations out of the process, and thus, from the economic benefits.1  The displacement, poverty, and hunger from this development debacle led to mass civil protests, which Marcos responded to in the form of state repression.

Many Filipino citizens continued to resist the abuses even after his regime was over.  Although Marcos may not have been present with the police or military personnel who executed the abductions, tortures, and killings of dissidents, his position as Commander of the Security forces, as documented in this General Order No. 1, incriminated him as playing a central role in these human rights abuses.

The following picture (fig. 2) is of the Main Detention Centers operating during Ferdinand Marcos Administration.

fig. 2

Camp Crane, Quezon City was where the Command for Detainees (COMCAD) was located.  RECAD stands for the various Regional Command for Detainees (RECAD) that coordinate  groups of detention centers throughout different parts of the archipelago.

The next picture (fig. 3) is of the Statistical Summary of Human Rights Abuses and Public Order Violation Arrests in the Philippines from September 1972 to February 1986.

fig. 3

This quantifies the numbers of people tortured, executed, disappeared, or arrested between 1972-1986. These high numbers represent the amount of people who experienced pain, torture and trauma in the detention centers.  Trying to imagine the human experiences within this table can explain why those Philippine human rights advocates said, “Never Again to Martial Law!”

Please stay tuned for announcements on the public launching of the Jon Van Dyke papers which will take place in early 2018 at the William S. Richardson School of Law Library.  There will be presentations on Jon Van Dyke’s papers, including more information on his role in this historic case “Estate of Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation.”  At that time the collection will be made available for further research.

1Bello, Walden, David Kinley and others. Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines. San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1982.