What does this mean for lawyers and the practice of law? Rhonda Magee will explore this question in depth in her upcoming presentation, "Wise Warrior, Peacemaker, Healer of Broken Systems: Contemplative Approaches to Law, Lawyering, and Social Justice," Thursday, February 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Purcell Reading Room (a.k.a., "The Fishbowl").
U.Va. Law graduate Rhonda Magee '93, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, is a leader in scholarly and hands-on work to humanize legal education and the practice of law. Professor Magee will talk about mindfulness and meditation as powerful tools for exploring our intentions to learn the law, advocate for clients, and improve our justice system as law students and attorneys. All are welcome to attend. You can register ahead of time on the U.Va. Contemplative Sciences Center's website, or feel free to just come on by. If you are interested in chatting with Professor Magee in a small group about her path from U.Va. Law to law practice and her current work, email Kristin in the Library.
To learn more about the mindfulness and meditation tools Professor Magee will talk about, sign up to participate in the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop that the U.Va. Mindfulness Center is offering at the Law School this Spring. The workshop begins February 5, and will meet Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 until April. Email Kristin in the Library now to enroll for free.
- Kristin Glover
*The Feb. 3 issue is available in the "mindfulness" collection in the Klaus Room.
To help with exam-time stress, the library brought some more comfort food to our hard-working law students Tuesday night. 112 grilled cheese sandwiches in 45 minutes—some with tomato, some without! After their work at the griddles, Micheal, Tim and Ben said, “We think that is another world record, but we haven’t checked. The most important thing, though, was to help keep the students smiling as they get ready to ace their exams!”
With all of its looming deadlines for legal research and writing memos, seminar papers, and outlining for finals, November can feel pretty tight. If end-of-semester pressure has you stressed, the Law Library invites you to simply stop and say, “Oh, D.E.A.R.!” (“Drop Everything And Relax!”). Our first “Oh, D.E.A.R.” session is this Thursday, November 14 at noon. There’s no need to register in advance. Just rise from your study table and walk a few steps to the Library’s Klaus Room. There you’ll enjoy a relaxing and revitalizing 45-minute guided meditation. The Law Library will offer additional “Oh, D.E.A.R.” sessions throughout the reading and exam period.Find out how you can be happier, more productive, and bring about world peace (or at least two out of three) just by saying, “Oh, D.E.A.R.!”
[10/3 UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE GOVERMENT SHUTDOWN. WE'LL ANNOUNCE WHEN IT'S BEEN RESCHEDULED.]
Dismayed by the federal government shut-down? Congressman Tim
Ryan (D-OH) thinks mindfulness can help make Congress – and the rest
of us! – happier, healthier, and more productive. This Friday at noon
in Old Cabell Hall on Main Grounds, the U.Va.
Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is hosting a talk by Rep. Ryan
on “The Quiet Revolution: How Mindfulness is Transforming Our Country.” Cabell Hall is at the far end of the Main Grounds lawn, opposite the Rotunda
(map). You can register ahead for free on the CSC’s
website, or get free tickets at the door.
Sign up now for the University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center
workshop designed especially for law students, “Mindfulness for Law Students.” The
six-week series will meet each Thursday, October 3 through November 7,
5:15-7:15pm here at the Law School. Sessions will combine discussion, guided meditations and instruction, and
provide resources for students to develop their own meditation practices. To
encourage interactivity, enrollment is limited to 30 students and participants
must attend all six sessions. The workshop is free to students. Slots are
already filling – for more
information and to enroll, email Kristin Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to hear hard science on
how meditation changes the brain? U.Va.’s Contemplative
Sciences Center (CSC) is hosting a talk by Dr. Richard Davidson on Change Your Brain by Transforming
Your Mind: Neuroscientific Studies of Meditation. Dr.
Davidsonfounded the University
of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and
conducts scientific studies of the impact of meditation on brain
activity. His study of brain scans of people while they were
meditating found remarkably high rates of activity in the part of the brain
linked to positive emotions. His talk is on Main Grounds in Old Cabell
Hall, Friday September 20, noon-2pm (doors open at 11:30); register on CSC's
Check out these books new to
the Law Library’s growing collection of mindfulness materials! Let us know if
you have favorites you’d like to see added. You’ll find these books and more in
the Library’s Reserve Room, next to the DVD collection:
On-grounds interviews, moving into a new
apartment, classes starting, not to mention moving to a brand new town for your
first year of law school … the beginning of a new academic year can feel
overwhelming! The law library is offering peace and quiet to help you ease back
into the school year … and we’re not talking just about the new study carrels!
We are building a collection of books (in print and on CD) and DVDs about
mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
If you could use a deep breath or are just
curious to learn more, come check out these new additions to our
collection. They’re available in the library’s first floor reserve room,
next to the DVDs:
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn – Dr. Kabat-Zinn broke new
ground integrating mindful meditation with medicine in founding the University
of Massachusetts Medical School’s Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for
Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. The Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction (MBSR) program he developed is used in schools and workplaces
throughout the country to teach people how to work with the challenges and
stress we face everyday in order to relax and enjoy life more. The University of Virginia Medical School’s Mindfulness Center teaches MBSR to U.Va. students and employees. They will
be offering a six-week program tailored to law students here at the law school in
October! Look for blog postings and flyers with more information in September.
This is just a start! Let us know
if you have favorite books, CDs, DVDs about
mindfulness, meditation, and yoga that you think your classmates would
enjoy. Also keep an eye out for announcements about Library-sponsored
mindfulness and meditation events coming this fall!