Third Thursday Talks: The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Congressional Documents 1817-Present

Joining us for our first “Third Thursday Talks” is Andrea Sevetson, a ProQuest Congressional trainer, who also edited the book, The Serial Set, Its Make-up and Content (2013). In it, she states, “The Serial Set is probably the most important series of publications on all aspects of American life from 1789-Present.” You might me wondering, “What is this publication and why haven’t I heard of it before now?”

Reports of special investigations and research authorized by the president are included in the Set as well as congressional reports and documents, and Senate Treaty Documents.

U.S. interest in Hawaii or the Sandwich Islands began in the first part of the nineteenth century. In 1807, Congress created the Survey of the Coast, the first U.S. scientific agency to complete a survey of the coasts of the United States. In 1946, after a disastrous tsunami struck Hilo, Hawaii, the agency instituted the west coast tsunami information warning system.

The number of publications in the Serial Set 1817-2010:

  • 275,000 House and Senate Reports
  • 100,000 House and Senate Documents
  • 700 Hearings 300 Journals (Both House and Senate)
  • 300 Court of Claims Reports

Also, the Serial Set has its own numbering scheme, which is one reason it seems difficult to use. To demystify the Serial Set and launch your next research project, come to the Law Library Lobby for its “Third Thursday Talks” on Thursday, November 16th at Noon in the Law Library Lobby.

This is a “Lunch & Learn Research” session, thus, lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to by Monday, November 13.

This session is ideal for students contemplating SYS, Law Thesis, Native Hawaiian Law Certificate, and Environmental Law Certificate.

It’s a SPOOKY time at the Law Library!

scary creatures

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.

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.