It’s a SPOOKY time at the Law Library!

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By Lynette Rudolfo, Manager of Public Services

Each year the Law Library lobby is decorated for the annual Law Student with Keiki Halloween Event. Law school is tough and law students with keiki are often busy studying. This event invites faculty, staff, and law students with keiki to bring their children dressed in costume to Trick-or-Treat through the law school. Faculty, administration, and library staff also dress up and give treats to keiki who visit. Children then parade for some fun and games as well as refreshments in the Law Library lobby.

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Bring your keiki….  if you dare!


A Little Research About Discoverers’ Day in Hawaiʻi

By Roberta Freeland Woods, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian

In Hawaiʻi, the second Monday in October is not about Christopher Columbus and cannot be a state holiday (HRS 8-1.5):

[§8-1.5]  Discoverers’ Day.  The second Monday in October shall be known as Discoverers’ Day, in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands, provided that this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state holiday.

[L 1988, c 220, §4]

The enumerated state holidays are also statutory (HRS 8-1):

§8-1 Holidays designated.  The following days of each year are set apart and established as state holidays:

The first day in January, New Year’s Day;

The third Monday in January, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day;

The third Monday in February, Presidents’ Day;

The twenty-sixth day in March, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day;

The Friday preceding Easter Sunday, Good Friday;

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day;

The eleventh day in June, King Kamehameha I Day;

The fourth day in July, Independence Day;

The third Friday in August, Statehood Day;

The first Monday in September, Labor Day;

The eleventh day in November, Veterans’ Day;

The fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day;

The twenty-fifth day in December, Christmas Day;

All election days, except primary and special election days, in the county wherein the election is held;

Any day designated by proclamation by the President of the United States or by the governor as a holiday.

[L 1896, c 66, §1; am L 1903, c 55, §1; am L 1911, c 167, §1; am L 1915, c 20, §1; am L 1919, c 54, §1; RL 1925, pt of §146; RL 1935, pt of §21; am L 1941, c 132, pt of §1; RL 1945, pt of §21; am L 1945, JR 8, §1; am L 1949, JR 15, §1; am L 1953, c 278, pt of §10; am L 1955, c 9, §1; RL 1955, pt of §1-43; am L 1961, c 116, pt of §1; am L 1965, c 162, §1; HRS §8-1; am L 1969, c 156, §1; am L 1971, c 21, §2; am L 1976, c 220, §2; am L 1978, c 205, §2; am L 1980, c 11, §1; am L 1988, c 220, §1; am L 2001, c 65, §1]


The Supreme Court is Getting Ready to Rock-N-Roll

In case you hadn’t noticed, the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session. For a quick preview of the many blockbuster cases on the calendar this session, you might want to take in this Law 360 Pro Say Podcast: (If you do not know how to activate your Law 360 access, contact Brian Huffman!)

The Court is already underway with the Notorious RGB leveraging a constitutional smack down on new Justice Neil Gorsuch in Gill v. Whitford (a/k/a the partisan gerrymandering case). Attorney Smith was answering Justice Ginsburg question on how redistricting laws created one party rule in some states. Justice Gorsuch interrupted and diverted attention away from an equal protection argument to a Republican form of government clause theory supported by constitutional textualism. Justice Gorsuch said:

“… where exactly do we get authority to revise state legislative lines? When the Constitution authorizes the federal government to step in on state – state legislative matters, it’s pretty clear.  If you look at the Fifteenth Amendment, you look at the Nineteenth Amendment, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, and even the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 2, says Congress has the power, when state legislators don’t provide the right to vote equally, to dilute congressional representation. Aren’t those all textual indications in the Constitution itself that maybe we ought to be cautious about stepping in here?” – Gill v. Whitford transcript, page 59, courtesy of Scotus.

Justice Ginsburg intervened in the Gorsuch/Smith back and forth asking the Court:  Where did one person/one vote come from? She was referring to the 1963 Reynolds v. Sims Supreme Court decision. One person/one vote was read into the Constitution by Chief Justice Earl Warren and it is not in the Constitutional document itself, upending Justice Gorsuch’s textualism argument.  You can actually listen to the oral arguments on the Oyez website!

Wowza!  The Supreme Court is getting ready to rock-n-roll!

I know you want to keep track of all the exciting Supreme Court happenings. Here is a short list of some of my favorite Supreme Court resources. NB: If is it marked with $$$, it indicates that this is a subscription database so you will either need a username and password, or perhaps proxy access if you are trying to open the page from off campus.

BTW, the NYT has a good article on the “new math” of gerrymandering and how you might measure the effect of redistricting using one method called the “efficiency gap.”

Daily News

Lyle Dennison Law News,

New York Times Supreme Court News Page: $$$

iScotus Now,

Scotus Blog,

Supreme Court Brief, $$$

Supreme Court Dispatches, Slate News,


More General Coverage

Appellate, $$$

BloombergLaw, United States Law Week, $$$

Reuters Supreme Court News,

NPR Stories About the Supreme Court:

Oyez,, Providing the facts of the case, question presented and conclusion for all cases beginning in 1789.  Oyez also has select audio coverage of oral arguments.

Washington Post’s Courts and the Law:,

Supreme Court web site,


Deeper Analysis

Merits, from Scotus Blog, – you might also be interested in their stats pack page:

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (via Hein),  Eight issues a year analyzing the court’s decisions.

1) $$$

2)  Via the ABA web site:

3) Westlaw, $$$

Introducing a New Guide for Locating U.S. Congressional Resources.

A new research guide designed to lead researchers to U.S. Congressional information and publications is now available on the Law Library site. The guide details how to search

  •, a free site;
  • Congressional (ProQuest), a proprietary resource;
  • Google Books;
  • Heinonline’s various libraries with Congressional information; and
  • Newsbank Readex, a proprietary resource.

Whether you are looking for federal legislative history material or other information, the Guide should help you find your way.